It is easy in life to worry. There are so many experiences and events that happen around us each and every day that it would be nearly impossible not to worry. We worry about our children when they make poor decisions. We worry about our spouses when they are sick. We worry about the economy, about our aging parents, about our friends and our teachers. We worry about our brothers and sisters in Christ a half a world away; there are just so many things to worry about. How do we not worry? Matthew 6:25-34 gives us some great insight into this...
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
We can learn two very important pieces of information from this piece of Scripture. The first is that God knows our needs and that He will provide. God is a very involved God. He does not just merely view our lives as a spectator sport. He sees our needs, and like a father, provides for His children. The evidence of this within God's character is all around us. We see it everywhere. The flowers need sun and rain to grow and so it shall be. So if God's creation, which he gave Adam dominion over, is so well taken care of, why would He not do more for those He made a little lower than the angels? God knows our needs and He will provide according to His will and our good; as determined by Him, not us.
The second is that we must first seek His Kingdom. Everything in life is about priorties. Our priorities reflect what is important to us, what we find value in and what we believe or have faith in. So God is calling us to put our money where our mouth is. We say we seek Him first, but do our priorities reflect it? We say we have faith, but do our decisions give proof to this claim? When a loved one get's sick do we curse God or fall to our knees and praise God? When we're not sure the light bill is going to get paid do we start falling apart, or do we rest in assurance knowing that God will provide.
Do we ignore God and His Kingdom until we need something? Seeking His Kingdom is an active ongoing process, not just a Sunday task or a holiday tradition. Seeking His Kingdom is an act of faith and obedience. It's Spiritual growth and relationship building. It's living on our knees so that He may be exalted.
Matthew 6:25-34 tells us not to worry, that tomorrow will take care of itself. All we have to do is readjust our priorties, seek His Kingdom first, have faith and God will provide.