Monday Morning Commentary
Matthew 6:31-34: Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.
Anxiety gives birth to all kinds of problems. What Jesus is speaking of in this verse is that we do not need to worry about the things necessary to live our daily lives. The child of God who diligently pursues righteous living can trust God to satisfy his needs.
There are 3 points that Jesus makes concerning anxiety:
1. Anxiety thinks too little of God
What we worry about most reveals what we are devoted to the most. Jesus states in Matthew 6:24 that you cannot serve two masters.
We are to put first things first, and God is the first thing. If we’re putting second things first, then we lose connection with the first thing and the ability to enjoy all the second things.
2. Anxiety minimizes how much God thinks of me
Is. 49:15-16 - “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before me.”
Jesus is forever making intercession for us. We are inscribed on His hands.
Jesus again mentions His great concern and love for us in v.30 of the same chapter, “Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”.
God is trustworthy; He will take care of the small things.
3. Anxiety is a false prophet.
Matthew 6:27 - “Which of you by worrying will add one cubit to his stature?”
Worry offers false solutions, makes false promises and offers false predictions. Worry is futile, and it cannot prolong your life. The same God who gives you strength today will give you strength for tomorrow. The God who saved you yesterday and delivered you today surely will provide for you tomorrow.
This week, let’s be encouraged and know that He is in control. The God that controls time. The God who created the heavens and the earth, the God that divided the light from the darkness, this is the God that we serve. We will have trouble, but our lives are worth living because He lives.