Don’t Worry

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Don’t Worry

By Rev. David Bast on July 8, 2022

Read: Matthew 6:25-32

The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. (Prov. 10:3)

Are you a worrier? I’m not usually, but I can fall into that trap at times—the one where you let fears about the future spoil your peace in the present. Jesus said that excessive anxiety about the necessities of life—food, drink, clothing—is the hallmark of people who don’t know God. As his followers, we have better things to worry about.

In this passage about the nagging worries of daily existence, Jesus uses one of his favorite arguments—the “how much more” line of reasoning. If God feeds the birds each day and clothes the flowers in such splendid raiment, how much more will he do for us, his dear children?

It’s important, though, not to draw the wrong conclusion from Jesus’ teaching. He wants us to dial down our anxiety, not to sit back and do nothing. The Lord will take care of our needs, but that doesn’t mean we just open our mouths and expect him to fill them. After all, he gives the birds their food, but they still work pretty hard getting it, as anyone who has ever watched a robin pulling a worm out of the lawn knows. Daily bread was given to the children of Israel in the wilderness because of special circumstances; the rest of us have to earn it. “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich” (Prov. 10:4). —David Bast

As you pray, give thanks for your daily bread—and the means of securing it.

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