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Bible Lesson Series 3: Stop Worrying
This week’s lesson is all about worrying. Something many of us know too well about. What does God say about worrying? Let’s find out.
This lesson is coming from Matthew 6:25-34.
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
Jesus is warning us here against worrying about material possessions. It is impossible to serve both God and material wealth. The things we have are not the essence of earthly life.
It is easy to worry about whether or not we will have enough to eat, or drink and whether or not we will have clothes to wear. We can’t worry about these things. Worrying is a sin.
Having anxiety about having enough food, water, or clothes is like us betraying the same trust in mammon that the hoarder is guilty of. Food and clothing are very important but not more important than life. God is the one who gave us life and He is also able to sustain it.
26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
When you watch birds do you notice that they only take what they need? Nothing more and nothing less. God provides them with all of their needs to live. God is the creator of birds, but for us, He is our heavenly Father. He cares for us more intimately than the birds of the land. We were made in His image.
Worrying will not help us gain anything! It is useless. So why do we do it? Worrying can harm us. It causes stress and causes sicknesses. It is best to just trust God with your life because in doing so you gain life in heaven even if you lose it on earth.
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
Flowers just grow. They don’t have to work to get their clothing the way we do. God provides them with the clothing they need to serve. Solomon must have been dressed in the most expensive and beautiful clothes, even still the clothes he wore weren’t even close to the beauty of the flowers. If we understand beauty and completeness of God’s provision, we will be able to be at peace with what we have.
No matter how beautiful those flowers are they are still just grass. They don’t last long. If God cares so much for flowers that are so transitory, just imagine how much He cares for His children. When we have no faith and have anxiety over the things needed to survive we are showing that we don’t trust God even though He promises to provide for us.
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God* above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Stop worrying. Worrying is unacceptable in God’s eyes. The Gentiles were left hopeless people in a hopeless condition. The way they believed and saw live was limited by their own reasoning or superstitious speculations. The bible says in Isaiah 55:8:
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
We don’t understand how God works; all we can do is trust Him that His word is true. Sadly like the pagans some Christians have taken on the same outlook on life. God already knows what we need. We must be on a constant quest of the Kingdom of God. That should be our first priority in life:
But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
When we put God first in our lives He will provide us with EVERYTHING we need and maybe even our wants.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Jesus ended by telling us that worrying about tomorrow is pointless because it hasn’t even come yet. Who’s to say you’ll be here tomorrow anyway. There is nothing we can even do about the present problems we face. Worrying only slows productiveness and burdens us with concerns that are out of our control. It’s time to have peace with what is outside of our control. Let’s all live one day at a time and stop worrying.