Learning to Praise God for His Ongoing Care
How many of us find that we struggle with or tend to get anxious and worry about everyday life matters? Things like food, health, clothing, housing, bills, etc. Jesus had some interesting things to say about this very situation in Matthew 6.
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?7 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.
Following his command to “Stop worrying” about these things, Jesus tells us to think about the world in which we live. He points directly to birds and flowers. What He then says, is in response to some implied questions:
- Do they ever seem worried or anxious?
- Who builds their homes, stores their food or clothes them?
- Who takes care of them?
It’s not Mother Nature! It’s not simply the right eco-system that nourishes them. His answer is that God [v. 30], our heavenly Father [v. 26] does all of that.
He also sets out some important truths in this passage that we need to take to heart.
- We are much more valuable [v. 26] than birds and flowers!
- God, our heavenly Father, will take care of us.
Because of these truths, we need to learn to stop worrying and start trusting. We do that as we live out our faith by maintaining vertical rather than horizontal priorities – seeking first His Agenda, truly trusting Him day by day, and learning to Praise Him for His ongoing care.