Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Commands of Jesus: Do Not Worry

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I can honestly say that I have not spent one minute of my life worrying
about the plight of the common sparrow.
I’ve never seen one begging.
I’ve never found one featherless, shivering in the cold.
Apparently, God takes good care of sparrows.

And that’s why Jesus said,
“…Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? …But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matt 6:25,26 and 33)

Because God cares so much about His creation (even little birds matter to Him) Jesus therefore says that we should not worry at all about God’s ability to care for us.
And that makes beautiful sense.
So why is it so hard not worry?

Maybe it’s because while you and I do not know any hungry, homeless sparrows…
We have seen humans begging for food. And we have met people under-clothed and shivering in the cold.
And, If those things happened to them – why shouldn’t we worry about those things happing to us?

Dear Christian, here’s why…
Because, as followers of Christ, nothing comes into our lives that does not first pass through the hand of God. And, in the Cross of Christ, God has proven that He is for us and seeks only what is best for us. We need not worry about God’s desire or ability to provide for our ultimate needs – because all things work together for good to those who love God. Our Father always has our best interests in mind and no one, and no thing, can snatch us out of His hand.

So don’t worry about food, or clothing or anything.
Seek first the kingdom of God and let Him worry about you.


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