Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you.
Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry about its own things.
Jesus said, “I tell you not to worry about everyday life—
whether you have enough.”
Not enough time, luck, credit, wisdom, intelligence.
We’re running out of everything, it seems, and so we worry!
But worry doesn’t work.
I challenge you to become a worry-slapper.
Do you procrastinate when a blood-sucking bug lights on your skin?
“I’ll take care of that in a moment.”
Of course you don’t!
You give the critter the slap it deserves.
Don’t waste an hour wondering what your boss thinks.
Don’t assume you’ll never get out of debt.
Consult an expert.
Let God be enough!
He knows your needs.
He will give you everything you need!
~ Max Lucado
Matthew 6:25-26 KJV
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Promise #208: Don’t worry, I will take care of you.
This is a relatively short promise compared to the lengthy corresponding Bible text. But if you look at the simple message that Jesus is saying, the promise is short and sweet. When I was growing up, I was taught that worry was a sign of being responsible. If I didn’t worry, then I didn’t care.
As I get older, I am learning that many of the things that I was told were actually not the truth. Worry is not helpful to us. Worry is not a sign of responsibility. While worry cannot extend our lives, studies show that it can shorten our lives because over 70% of illnesses are stress related. This only goes to show that our bodies were not created to deal with a lot of stress.
Jesus encourages us to ‘take no thought for our life’…period. The reason why we don’t have to worry is because we have a Father in heaven who has promised to take care of us all of the days of our lives. In this passage of Scripture, Jesus tells how His Father cares for the birds of the air who do not sow or reap or store into barns. He then asks the question… How much more valuable are you than the birds?
Worry is a sign that we are not yet convinced of our value to God. Don’t worry about how much you worry though! Just ask God to give you a deeper revelation of your worth to Him. Fathers provide for their children. Children don’t have to beg for their provision, they can just rest in the knowledge that they are being cared for by a loving Dad. Don’t worry… God will take care of you!
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