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Why worry?
Bible Passage Matthew 6: 25- 34
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & book Matthew.

Why worry?

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached January 3, 2024

SCRIPTURE 📖
25 “That’s why I’m telling you to stop worrying about your life—what you will eat or what you will drink—or about your body—what you will wear. Life is more than food, isn’t it, and the body more than clothing?

26 Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t plant or harvest or gather food into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. You are more valuable than they are, aren’t you?

27 Can any of you add a single hour to the length of your life by worrying?

28 And why do you worry about clothes? Consider the lilies in the field and how they grow. They don’t work or spin yarn,

29 but I tell you that not even Solomon in all of his splendor was clothed like one of them.

30 Now if that is the way God clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and thrown into an oven tomorrow, won’t he clothe you much better—you who have little faith?

31 “So don’t ever worry by saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’

32 because it is the unbelievers who are eager for all those things. Surely your heavenly Father knows that you need all of them!

33 But first be concerned about God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and all of these things will be provided for you as well.

34 So never worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

BACKGROUND
Jesus in the earlier verses had spoken about the danger of wealth and possessions. Here, He is speaking to disciples who have few possessions. They may be quite poor. Life is more than the basic necessities of food and clothes. God gave us life. So He will give us the things that are necessary for us to live.

People get into bondage to material things not because they are greedy, but because they worry too much about having enough money to look after themselves. They should realize that if God gives life, He can also give what is necessary to maintain life.

The birds do not worry. They do not store food for the future. They do not work to grow their food. And they do not work to make their clothes. But God provides for them.

If God cares for lesser things such as birds, flowers, and grass, He can certainly care for His people. Believers should not be anxious concerning their material needs. Those who do not know God might be anxious, but believers should trust in God and put the interests of His kingdom first.

Now, Jesus is in no way preaching laziness or idleness. He expects us to put in the effort to do what we can do, so the rest becomes His burden.

Believers are under God’s rule and they should trust that as day-to-day difficulties arise, God will provide the answer.

Worry is no use. Nobody can increase the length of his/her life by worrying. Worry will probably make life shorter rather than longer.

One day at a time is enough to think about. Each day produces problems and difficulties. To worry about the future is foolish in two ways:
1. It will make it more difficult to deal with today’s problems.
2. The things that we worry about may never happen.

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 We should work hard and live the rest in the hands of God to handle

🔷 God has deliberately given different abilities, unnecessary comparison with others might not be good since it may not bring out the positives in you

🔷 God will leave none of His people in trouble. He shall provide the needs of each person.

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray that God will give you your daily bread
💥 Ask God to help you seek His kingdom

CONCLUSION📙
When we fix our eyes on God’s kingdom and seek it diligently by living like the children of the kingdom, God will help us through and provide all that we need, one day at a time.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections