In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus teaches us how to replace worry with faith:
- Focus on serving God, not money
- Focus on the big picture, not present problems
- Focus on doing what God made you to do
Today is the last post in the series, and it’s a simple, cut and dry message on why Christ-followers should not worry.
“So do not worry, saying ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’. For the pagans run after these things, and your heavenly Father knows you need them.” Matt 6:31-32
These verses give us 2 reasons why we need not worry.
We know this, but it’s always helpful to be reminded. Verse 32 says, “your Heavenly Father knows you need them.” God sees where we are; He sees what we’re going through; and He knows exactly what we need. He is El Roi – the God who sees.
Hagar called out this characteristic of God in Genesis 16:13. Pregnant by her master and abused by her mistress, Hagar fled. But in the middle of the desert, God provided for Hagar, giving her a promise and guidance. The angel tells Hagar, “the Lord has heard your misery.” In response, Hagar “gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her. ‘You are the God who sees me, for I have now seen the One who sees me.” Our circumstances are not a surprise to God. He sees and knows our struggles. And He also has a plan for provision, if we’ll just trust Him and wait on Him.
We are Called to Live Differently
The second lesson in these verses is kinda in-your-face. I’ve just skimmed over it before, but this time it stuck out like a fat girl at a Victoria’s Secret model convention. Verse 32 says, “the pagans run after these things.” Why should we not worry? Because we’re Christ-followers, not pagans. Wow. Just tell us how you really feel, Jesus! Don’t hold back! Geez.
Really though, shouldn’t Christians approach tough situations from a different angle? Shouldn’t the absence of anx in our lives testify of our faith in an all-seeing and all-sufficient God? If we’re truly Christ-followers, then we need to respond to life differently than the world. And the world worries. So we shouldn’t.
We’re called to be different; set apart; holy! 1 Peter 2:12 tells us to “live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God.” In other words, our lives are to stick out. Everyday, our choice to trust God with our circumstances instead of worry should set us apart from the world. And the Bible says we should expect to get noticed. Our faith in the face of trails will show the watching world the faithfulness of our God.
Because I know that God sees, knows, and will provide, I want to trust Him instead of worry. I want to live differently. I want my life to be full of peace, contentment, and trust, with little room left over for worry. What about you?