If there’s something to worry about, I will probably be the first one to grab that what-if out of nowhere and contemplate all its possible outcomes. It’s my way of feeling like I can spot trouble before it happens so I can do something to prevent it from becoming my own horrible reality.
Matthew 6:25 tells me NOT to worry about my life.
It’s easy to excuse this sin of mine when I feel like it’s helping me out. But the truth is, it’s not helping me. It’s not protecting me.
Look at the birds! That’s what God tells me every time I worry.
And in these verses, God gives 5 powerful reasons why we don’t need to worry.
Worry Doesn’t Help
And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? (v. 27)
It’s not helpful. It’s not actually keeping me safe like I think. I’m not preventing bad things from happening by worrying about them. All I’m doing is zapping any possible joy and peace right out of the moment. I always regret the time I waste worrying myself sick about something that never even happened. Worry is a waste of time!
God Will Take Care of You
After God tells me worry isn’t really helping me out, he asks me why I worry about his provision.
Why are you worried about clothing? (v. 28)
I worried how God would meet my needs through 6 years of infertility. It felt like God wasn’t answering my prayers. I didn’t want to believe his answer for me was to wait because I didn’t really know if that answer was really no. If his answer wasn’t no, then how long did God want me to wait? If I never became a mother, how would I live with my broken heart? One day, I finally was able to admit my doubts and unbelief to God—that I didn’t think he could really care about the birds in a tree when he just seemed to be ignoring my desperate pleas to be a mother.
And the next thing I knew, God was reminding me in Matthew that he DID care about me. He did love me. It’s just his answers don’t always turn out the way I think they should. And his timing is usually a lot slower than mine.
The thing is, God wanted me to know that even if I didn’t have children, he would still be taking care of me. I would be ok.
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. (v. 26)
Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will he not much more clothe you? (v. 27)
Do you believe God will take care of you?
You are Valuable
Sometimes I think Jesus lovingly puts his hands on our shoulders and says, why can’t you see it?
You of little faith? (v. 30)
Of course, I care about you. Of course, I will take care of you. Just look at the birds. Look at the flowers. I take care of everything. How much more valuable are you than they?
God Knows What You Need
We don’t have to convince God of our needs. We don’t have to persuade him to care. He already knows. He already cares.
Can’t you just hear the replay of worried thoughts God is speaking to in this next verse? But God, what about? What if? How will I?
Do not worry then, saying, “What will we eat?” Or “What will we drink?” Or “What will we wear for clothing?”; for your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. (v. 31)
Did you catch that? He knows all the things! Not just some. We don’t have to remind him. He’s doesn’t forget any of our needs!
God Wants You To Focus on the Present
So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (v. 34)
We try and fill our thoughts with possibilities of the unknown future instead of trusting God in the present. Instead of piling up worries on today, God wants me to surrender each worry as it comes. Verse 34 even acknowledges that each day has enough of its own troubles.
So how do we stop worrying?
Verse 33 says,
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and, all these things will be added unto you.
When we start fretting about what we think we need, what we really need is to seek the Lord. So the next time you feel worried about your life, look at the birds and remember God promises to take care of you.
What are you worried about today? Leave your prayer request in the comments, I would love to pray for you.