The Savior’s Sermon (Part 2)
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.Matthew 6:34
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Deadlines, grading, lesson planning, behavior management, balancing work and family, providing for your children, making time to spend with your spouse, paying the bills, and the list goes on and on. These are just some of the things we commonly worry about. The temptation to worry over our own well-being and the well-being of our loved ones is great. In fact, our worry can become so natural to us that we worry if we are not worried!
Worry makes us feel like we’re doing something about the situation. By contrast, if we’re not distressed, we start to feel guilty. If we’re not stressed out about the situation, we must not care, right? Yet, in Matthew 6:25–34, Jesus gives us a new perspective. He tells us to consider the birds of the air. They don’t need to grow their own food or tend to it. God just gives it to them. Jesus also tells us to consider the lilies of the field. These flowers never worry about having enough flower petals, and they do not stress over whether photosynthesis will produce enough nourishment, but God still provides for them. He clothes them, not because the birds and lilies deserve it, but because that’s just who God is. He is a loving, faithful provider.
Since He takes care of these flowers, God will most certainly take care of us. Jesus says, “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:31–33).
The simple truth is that if we are worried about whether or not God will provide, we aren’t trusting our heavenly Father or His will. So, rather than feeling guilty for not worrying, reflect on how much God has done. He has provided for you and cared for you, so much so that He gave His only Son as a sacrifice so that you may be saved from sin, death, and the devil. The apostle Peter says that we can cast all of our anxieties on the Lord, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). This means that we can tell God how we feel, knowing that He’ll listen and He cares. It also means that we can give our anxieties to God because we know that He is our gracious, all-powerful heavenly Father for whom anything is possible. We can trust in Him because He loves us and cares for us, and His will is truly good. There is no need to worry.
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