Do Not Worry

Text: Matthew 6:24-34

It is often easy to allow ourselves to worry about various things in life. Some become so consumed by anxiety that they find it difficult to function. In this passage, Jesus gives eight reasons why we should not worry.

Do Not Worry Because…

We Are Serving the Wrong Master When We Worry (v. 24)

  • When we worry, we often worry about the material things of life – this can choke out the word (Luke 8:14)
  • We must be content with whatever we have (Philippians 4:11) – but some people are always focused on more, no matter what they have (Luke 12:16-21)
  • We must not allow material things to be our first priority (v. 33)

Other Things Are More Important (v. 25)

  • Yes, we need food, water, and clothing – these are basic necessities
  • But they are not the most important things for us – Paul endured hunger, thirst, and exposure (2 Corinthians 11:27) because he recognized that following Christ came first (Philippians 3:8)
  • God’s word is more important (Matthew 4:4)

God Cares for Us (v. 26, 28-29)

  • Jesus cited God’s care for birds & flowers – they were created by Him (Genesis 1:20-21, 11-12)
  • Yet man was also created by God (Genesis 1:27) – placed at the head of the natural world (Genesis 1:26, 28)
  • As God provides for the rest of His creation, He will certainly provide for us (Acts 14:17) – therefore, we can cast our cares upon Him (1 Peter 5:7)

Worrying Does No Good (v. 27)

  • Difference in translations (NASB vs. KJV) – either way, the point is the same: worrying does no good
  • We are told to make the most of our time (Ephesians 5:16) – worrying is not an effective use of time

Worrying is a Sign of Little Faith (v. 30)

  • We have already seen that we should not worry because God cares for us (v. 26, 28-29)
  • In the next verses, we’re told not to worry because God knows our needs & will provide (v. 31-33)
  • Do we believe in God & what He says? … it is better to serve God than not, even though that may not seem obvious at times (Ecclesiastes 8:12-13)

God Knows Our Needs (v. 31-32)

  • God created us – He knows what our needs are
  • Even when we are told to pray, it is not to inform God of what we need (Matthew 6:7-8
  • Therefore, do not be anxious, but thankful (Philippians 4:6-7)

God Has Promised to Provide (v. 33)

  • We are to seek first the kingdom – if we do, all these other things will be added
  • This doesn’t mean that they will be added to the degree we hope (1 Timothy 6:5)
  • But God will provide for us – even if it is through our own hard work (2 Thessalonians 3:10) or through the help of our fellow kingdom citizens (Galatians 6:10)

Each Day Has Enough Trouble of its Own (v. 34)

  • Everyday we have responsibilities that must be met – besides our spiritual obligations before God
  • Focus on your responsibilities for today (Ecclesiastes 9:10) – do not let an uncertain future hinder you

Conclusion

  • None of this is to say that we should not plan/prepare for the future (Ecclesiastes 11:4, 6) – plan & prepare, but remember that the future is out of our control (James 4:13-16)
  • So we must put God first & not become distracted by worrying over the things of this life

Adapted from an article written by Edwin Broadus, published in Truth Magazine in 1958 – Eight Reasons Not to Worry


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