August 05, 2020
For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life. (Matthew 6:25a)
Of all the things Jesus could have addressed in the Sermon on the Mount, it's fascinating that He spends a good bit of time addressing worry. In fact, He commands us not to be worried: "Do not be worried about your life."
We are champion worriers. God knows that worry is so counterproductive. Not only is it useless, but it ties us up, destroys our faith, is a poor witness to those who are watching, and dishonors God. So, to help us He gives His true followers multiple reasons why worry is so useless.
"Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?" (Matthew 6:25)
"...your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?" (vs. 26, 28-30)
"And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?" (vs. 27)
"For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things." (vs. 32)
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (vs. 33)
"Each day has enough trouble of its own." (vs. 34)
“Your Heavenly Father" (vs. 26, 32)
Think of the testimony of a worry-free man or woman? Everyone will wonder what kind of a Provider that you have that you are absolutely liberated from anxiety. You can simply point upward and give the glorious of one who “has nothing yet possesses all things.”
Are you worried about anything today? Worry is a SIN—simply a lack of faith in your faithful Father. When you worry, it indicates what you do not know about God and that you are not believing His promises to you. And … its worse than useless.
Father, thank You that You have already provided absolutely everything I need—spiritually, emotionally, relationally, physically, materially. There is not a need of which you are not aware. I trust You, Lord, for my daily bread and thank You that Your provisions are perfect, timely, and inexhaustible!
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As a pastor for the last 55 years, I have had the joy of being encouraged and blessed and prayed for by so many people. It is what carries you in your task of shepherding people. As I look back over five decades of ministry, their love has dramatically enriched my life.
But also, a pastor leads. And when anyone leads, there are almost always some who disagree.
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