Matthew 6

Don’t worry!

“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.” (vs. 31,32)

One great concern of mine with the church today is that we fail miserably in trusting God for our needs. We are actually to “take no thought” for the basic needs of every day living, God has already promised to provide them. We simply need to trust Him to meet the need that He has promised to, and trust that He will. We seem to spend a lot of time worrying about these things, and even like to quote “Give us this day our daily bread” as if we are asking Him to feed us every day. That phrase simply is asking for a touch from God, every day; as needed as bread is to our bodies, this “touch” is needed for the nutrition of our souls. Twice in this passage are we told not to even “take thought” for our needs, in other words, don’t worry about it! (vs. 25 and 31).

The Gentiles seek after these things, and spend their entire lives seeking after them. That is all they have. When we worry about where our next meal will come from, or “making ends meet” or what we are going to do about clothing, etc., we align ourselves, at least in our thinking, with the unbelieving Gentiles of this world. The Lord would have us to trust, rather than seek when it comes to our needs. The only “seeking” we should be doing, is to seek the things of the kingdom of Heaven, and His righteousness, as He tells us to do in v. 33, and where He again promises that if we will seek His righteousness, all these things will be given to us. It is about time we quit worrying about things out of our control, and trust God for them. “Oh, but these things are not out of our control” you may be thinking, but they don’t need to be, they are promised to us regardless. We need to realize that the promises come to us through Jesus and Calvary, regardless of whether we are worthy or not. They are a faction of the grace of God in our lives.

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