Matthew 6:25-34 (ESV)
Do Not Be Anxious
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[a] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry”
Right. Don’t worry. I can remember being worried about
Today’s passage from Matthew 6 is part of the Sermon on the
Mount. Jesus tells us that there is no need to worry—about life,
food, clothing. Our Heavenly Father knows what we need and
provides for us.
When we say the Apostles’ Creed, we acknowledge that it is
God who creates and cares for us. Martin Luther explains the
beginning of the Apostles’ Creed like this: “I believe that God
has created me together with all that exists. God has given me
and still preserves my body and soul . . . In addition, God daily
and abundantly provides . . . out of pure, fatherly, and divine
goodness and mercy.”
We know that life has enough ups and downs, hardships and
even tragedies, that worry could overwhelm us. However, Jesus
calls us to focus on the kingdom of God and his righteousness.
Trusting in the God who creates and cares for the birds and the
lilies of the field, we can rest assured we always have God’s
divine goodness and mercy.
Jesus, truest friend, make us aware of your presence each day
that we might leave worries behind, taking with us your
calmness and peace. Amen.
Written by Pastor Pam Mitcham
Pastor of Community Care