Now there is one that has got me in more hot water over the last several years. Not because I worry, but because I don’t. lol I found out a long time ago, it really doesn’t change a thing, except my blood pressure and attitude. Let’s take a little look at this one.
This question comes out of Matthew 6, but in order to find out who Jesus is talking to, we have to go all the way back to the beginning of Chapter 5. Remember, when the Bible was authored, there were no Chapters and Scripture References, it was just a letter or journal of sorts. So who was he talking to here? His disciples. I’m not sure exactly who all was listening, but if we read the verse it says:
SEEING THE crowds, He went up on the mountain; and when He was seated, His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying
There may have been many from the crowds listening, but I KNOW that he was teaching his disciples. That means if I profess to be a Christian, Jesus would be sitting there talking to me. Wouldn’t be a bad idea to give some time to reading through these few chapters. Many people know this part as the Sermon on the Mount. Even non-Christians can quote parts of this. But talking it and doing it – there’s a big difference.
This particular question is part of an on going teaching. Just a few verses back we find a “therefore,” when you see this word, it means you have to go back even further to find out WHY Jesus is saying or asking what followed the therefore. So let’s find out what he said before all this. If we did that, we would find he said A LOT! Let’s just pick out a few.
Vs 9-11 Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
Yes, this is where the Lord’s Prayer is too, I told you these few Chapters are good ones to read through. So let’s think about this in relation to Jesus’s question. If I really am praying to a “Father” and he is in “heaven” – why would I worry? I mean, this guy is in heaven! He CREATED the heavens, he CREATED the earth, do I really think anything on this earth would be something hard for him to handle? If you got a Father like that, why worry? Unless you don’t believe you truly have a Father like that. hmm
And if we are praying for HIS will and/or him to give us our daily bread but we worry, then we must not trust him to do what we ask. If that is the case, then why ask? Look, if we don’t get what we want, but we DO get what he wants, we are probably better off – regardless of what it feels like at the time we are getting. Sure, we have rough patches, times of attack, and down right disappointments and hardship. But God … but GOD! In God’s will is the most perfect place to be. We either believe he is in control or we don’t. And of course if we don’t and we try to control things, he will let us, until there is no where else to turn but to him.
Take about 2 minutes right now, and make a mental list of what you actually worry about. Hey, if you kept on reading, you didn’t do what I asked you to do, go on now, make a mental list. Got it? Okay, now …
Vs 19-20 Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal. But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal;
Back to that list, was it about things on this earth? Was it about money? possessions? people? Was it something that a thief could come in and steal? Jesus just told us, do not gather and heap those up. He doesn’t say d non’t have them, he just says, don’t heap them up – don’t be a horder! But instead, gather up treasures in heaven. What are those? Those would be something for another study, but I think it’s safe to say that many of us didn’t have much of those on our mental list. Do you need to re-order re-evaluate what you have on your list? I’m thinking you do.
And now we have made it to the THEREFORE. Just before the therefore, he talks about not being able to serve two masters – these things we had on our list, the things that we are worried about – they take time and energy. And sometimes they take those away from God.
V 25 Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, …
What did he say? STOP! Stop what? Being perpetually uneasy, just stop! We have better things to do with our time than to worry.
Then he asks the question in verse 27:
And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?
When was the last time that your worry was productive? Be honest. Planning is one thing, worrying is another. When was the last time your worry was productive? When did it add even one unit to your life? Truth is, we know that worry, anxiety, and stress take units AWAY from your life.
Look at verse 34:
Do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
Ha, how do you like that one? He doesn’t say there won’t be troubles, in fact it sure looks like there will be troubles today AND troubles tomorrow. If you were in a battle and you were always looking for the soldiers that WERE coming, but weren’t there yet, you would probably be killed by the ones that were standing right in front of you! We have to take each thing as it comes to us. Some things we will be able to handle and push aside. Some things we will need other’s to help us with. And still other’s we will need God to take care of. But the point is, deal with what is going on right now today! By looking at tomorrow, we are missing a lot of things about today. Worry and anxiety can even steal good things from us if we let them.
So now what? What do we do with all that stuff we have on our plate that we feel really needs taken care of? What can we do?
Look at verse 33:
But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
That’s it? Yep, that’s it. Just start seeking HIS kingdom and HIS righteousness, and he will take care of the rest. If you are pursuing His stuff, then he will take care of your stuff.
So what do you REALLY have to worry about?
Don’t worry … be HAPPY!!!