Worrying vs Trusting
Do Not Be Anxious
Mat 6:25-34 “This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing—everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing? “Look at all the birds—do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they? So, which one of you by worrying could add anything to your life? “And why would you worry about your clothing? Look at all the beautiful flowers of the field. They don’t work or toil, and yet not even Solomon in all his splendour was robed in beauty more than one of these! So if God has clothed the meadow with hay, which is here for such a short time and then dried up and burned, won’t he provide for you the clothes you need—even though you live with such little faith? “So then, forsake your worries! Why would you say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For that is what the unbelievers chase after. Doesn’t your heavenly Father already know the things your bodies require? “So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.”
At the moment a trip to the supermarket is a strange experience with a que to enter and empty shelves.
Of cause for many people scarcity is part of everyday life but for some of us, is this the first time in our lives that we are facing this prospect
Sure, I have read Jesus words in Matthew 6 many times before; “Do not worry about your life what you will eat or drink” but I usually translate that into something more relevant. Perhaps, I am worrying about a situation at the church or wondering how we will pay the next mortgage bill. However, in the last few weeks, Jesus’s original word has come to life in a new way.
As we face shortages and other inconveniences, Jesus has something to say to us: - “Do not worry saying what shall we eat or what shall we drink or what shall we wear?... your Heavenly Father knows that you need them.
If we think we have to fend for ourselves, of course, we panic. Then we go beyond sensible stockpiling and begin to overstuff our fridges and freezers. Aggressive, greedy, or dishonest panic buying leaves the vulnerable with nothing, Christians do not need to be driven by fear.
We have a Heavenly Father who has promised to provide for us.
The crisis we are facing is scary and makes us more aware of our needs, but Jesus tells us to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness.
That is where we take our worries – to God – In our needs, we should ask Him to provide not just food but also peace for our hearts
We, as Christians can afford to behave differently. Each one of us needs to think about what it means to seek God’s kingdom first. First and foremost, means we need to keep trusting in God, keep obeying His word, keep praying and keep sharing the Gospel with others
Instead of giving in to be tempted to worry bring all your burdens to Him, your Heavenly Father Trust Him He knows what we need
Keep on praying for all people who are in the frontline of this pandemic and for the governments worldwide to make the correct decisions in fighting this pandemic as well as bringing the economy back to normality.
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Pastor Gerry and Pam