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Words for the Worried

Five times in Matthew 5:25-34 Jesus encourages His listeners to “take no thought” of various areas of concern in life. In old English to “take no thought” meant not to fret, worry, or be anxious. What did they have to be anxious or take thought about? Many of the listeners at the Sermon on the Mount were poor. In 5:26 they worried about Food. Jesus instructs them to pray for “daily bread”. In 5:27 they worried about their Fitness or health. In 5:28 they worried over their Frocks or clothing. Many of them only owned one outer garment. These represent the necessities of life.

John Grisham, in his book A Painted House, makes the statement to the effect that farmers worry when it does rain and worry when it does not rain. Not enough rain would affect their crops and too much rain would affect their crops.

We have the same nature. We are anxious and worry over everything. Jesus gives several truths in the text that can help us handle stress.

I – Know How You are Defined

Mt 6:25 ¶ Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Jesus asks if our lives are more than the food we eat or what we wear. Another words, you are not defined by what you have but who you are in Christ.

II – Know that you are Desired

Mt 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

The fowls of the air do not work and do not save and yet God takes care of their needs day by day. While God expects us to work, there may come a time in your life when you cannot work and cannot save. Jesus takes care of you the birds in their times of need so how much more will He care for the ones for whom He shed His blood.

III – Know who has Dominion

Mt 6:27  Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

Jesus asks if any of us have control over our physical health. Who can, by worrying, make himself taller? Who can, by worrying, make his life longer? Who can tell the exact day and time of his death? There are things in which we have no control over. We must realize that God has dominion or is in control.

IV – Know not to Doubt

Mt 6:30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Jesus states that if He can clothe the field with a beautiful flowers than how much more is He able to clothe us. Then adds the statement “O ye of little faith”. He expects us to trust His ability to take care of our needs. Remember that Satan’s attack on Eve was to convince her to doubt God’s word and His love and concern for her.

V – Know on whom you Depend

Mt 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

We see the fact that the Father knows our needs. We do not have to worry about these things as unbelievers may. We are not dependent on our jobs, our abilities, or our “luck” for our needs to be met. Our Father is able to meet our needs and will take care of us.

VI – Know what you Desire

Mt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

This is a precious promise. When our heart is on the heavenly, God will take care of the earthly. We can release our concerns over the things of this life and focus on the spiritual.

VII – Know the Deliverer

Mt 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

There is no need to worry today about what may happen tomorrow. Tomorrow will have enough problems to take care of itself. We know that for every evil of the day we have a Deliverer for it. If we can trust Jesus to deliver our souls from hell, we can trust Him to deliver us from our problems.

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