Read: Matthew 6:25-34
Consider: When reading today’s passage in Matthew, I was reminded that I had written on the topic of worry almost two years ago (27th March 2017). I have reviewed what I wrote then and reproduce it below. I trust it hits a chord for some people who are facing major issues in their life today.
Have you ever woken up feeling anxious, or perhaps have felt anxious during the day and don’t really know why you are feeling that way? When you are feeling anxious, are you concerned that somehow you might be sinning?
Some people look upon worry as if it is a sin. Of course, it is better not to worry and that is the point of what Jesus says in Matthew 6. Jesus pointed out that worry is a complete waste of time. In Matthew 6:27 Jesus says ‘Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?’ Sobering words, yet many still have a tendency to worry and be anxious about life.
This passage on worry (anxiety) in Matthew 6 comes immediately after the passage which talks about laying up treasures in heaven and not being focused on building up wealth. While we divide up Jesus’s sayings into meaningful chunks (as it is likely that he said these things at different times), the original gospel would not have had sections or sub-headings. This means that those reading or listening to Matthew’s gospel being read, would have heard encouragement about not worrying, immediately after being encouraged not to focus on accumulating wealth. Does this mean that if our focus is on laying up treasure in heaven, we will not have a tendency to worry and be anxious about money, food, clothing or possessions. I suppose it does. We need to remember what Jesus says in Matthew 6:32 ‘For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them’.
It is not just pointless worrying (as it wastes our time and it changes nothing), but God already knows our needs and can provide for them.
‘But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well’ (Matthew 6:33)
Pray: Father, thank you that you know our needs even before we bring them to you in prayer. Help us to keep our focus on laying up treasure in heaven. May we learn to rely on you more and more for the everyday things of life. Amen