Christ's instruction for us not to worry brings out a lesson in the cause of anxiety.
[Steve Myers] In Matthew 6:25 Matthew 6:25Therefore I say to you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
American King James Version×, Christ begins talking about worry. And this is a familiar section of scripture, where He begins by saying, "Don't worry about your life." And oftentimes, I've thought of that and wondered, well, that's easy for Jesus to say, in some ways, because there are so many things we worry about, so many things that are on our mind that we have to consider in life. And He goes on for quite a...actually, through the whole rest of the chapter, making this point.
And maybe we can turn it around a little bit and think of it a little bit differently, because Christ, in a sense, makes a greater point. He's really talking a lot about trust. When it comes to anxiety and fears and worry, here Christ begins to talk about the things that look to God, in a sense, for their life. The birds, they just live and God takes care of them. What about the flowers? Well, He talks about the lilies. And He goes on and on talking about those things, showing that God's gonna take care of them. God's gonna take care of us as well.
And so as He comes to the end of the chapter in verse 33, He really says, "Trust me. Look to me. Seek first the kingdom of God. Seek His righteousness," He says. And that way, we can begin to allay our worries, and our fears, and our doubts, and put them in the right place. And it comes through trust. And so then He says, as He concludes, "You don't have to worry about tomorrow." And so, ultimately, when we look to God, put our trust in Him, that will help, every day, to take care of those worries.
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