by: Matt Alexander
Matthew 6 is a wonderful passage situated in the midst of Jesus’ teaching on the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus deals with many practical issues such as prayer, forgiveness, and Godly morality. As he draws this great sermon to a conclusion he speaks to the depths of the human soul by speaking to the concept of worry. He uses God’s created order to remind his hearers of God’s constant care. If God cares for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field he is certainly going to care for the pinnacle of his creation.
Worry is a common reality for us all. Especially in this current climate, we can find ourselves buried under mounds of daily worry. What will tomorrow hold? Am I going to contract the virus? How am I supposed to go the grocery store? How will we continue to meet the needs of our family? Worry comes in a host of questions and fears. Jesus knew the reality of worry was common to mankind. He also knew that citizens of the kingdom of God are given peace that passes all understanding.
Worry is common to us all but it does not have to be our daily reality. Jesus’ words remind us today to talk a walk outside and notice the birds of the air and the flowers of the field that God has created. If God so meticulously cares for them how much more is he going to provide and care for us day by day? Whatever we are facing we can place it in God’s hands and submit to his rule. We can seek his kingdom above our worries and know that all we need will be added unto us.
God's desire today is that you walk in Him and let Him truly care for you. When we worry we rob ourselves of living in the peace that God has made available to us. One of my favorite passages of scripture is found in Philippians 4:6 in which Paul, even as he is in prison, tells the Philippian church: "Don't worry. Pray." Oh, if we could just live by that truth today. Worry adds nothing but trouble to our lives. Jesus knows that. Paul knew that. It's time for us to learn that today. These days are teaching us that there is so much that is out of our control but God is still very much in control. Worry leads us to assume the place of God while prayerful trust keeps us in the will of God. May we practice true faith in these days and submit the cares of our heart to a Father who is able to meet every need.
Today, don’t worry – seek Him!