I want to share a topic that really bothers me and I admit, consumes a lot of my time: WORRY.
As a follower of Jesus Christ, the Bible is the road map (think of it as Google Maps) for my life. I believe that the Bible is the very Word of God and it was written down by men who He told what to write. The truth that is written inside of its many, many pages is alive because the Spirit of God is living and causes it to have meaning and relevance to human beings. There are lots of scriptures in the Bible that have spoken to my heart. I’d like to discuss the following section with you, Matthew 6:25-34.
This part of the Bible is very close to my heart. I find great comfort in reading about the care and love of God for his children. In this passage, Jesus is speaking to his disciples (follower and friends) and tells them not to worry. He gives a few comparisons with the birds of the air (also known as sparrows or ravens), the lilies of the field, and grass of the field.
Sometime ago, I looked up specific details from this passage. I discovered that in Jewish culture and Bible times, the birds of the air, commonly known as sparrows or ravens, were very common. In fact, these birds were brought by the poorest people as sacrifices to the Lord. Jesus tells his disciples, which includes us that His Heavenly Father feeds them. He then asks, are we not more valuable than birds?
God is the one who knows the number of hours we will live. Worrying about the time we have doesn’t make it shorter or longer.
Jesus continues with another example, the lilies of the field. They grow by God’s command and he clothes them. He says that Solomon, who was the wealthiest and wisest man in the Old Testament (see 1 Kings 3), wasn’t clothed as magnificently as the beautiful lilies!
Jesus finishes this conversation with a comparison of how God clothes the grass of the field. Field grass is incredibly ordinary. It is alive today and dies tomorrow. Yet, God clothes it.
Jesus command to us is straightforward, do not worry. Do not worry about what to eat, drink, or wear. Only people who do not know the Heavenly Father worry about these things. When we seek first the Kingdom of God and make those things our priority, He is faithful and will give us what we need.
The command to not worry is something I struggle to remember. What can we do to not forget? We need only remember the birds, lilies, and field grasses- the next time we see them, may we remember the truth that God cares for us- His children.
Matthew 6:25-34, New International Version
25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
This passage is also recorded in Luke 12:22-34