Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus makes it clear that there is no reason to worry or be anxious about anything in this life. None. Zero. Nada!
There’s no reason to worry about what clothes you’ll wear tomorrow.
There’s no reason to worry about having clothes to wear tomorrow!
There’s no reason to worry about what you’re going to eat tomorrow.
There’s no reason to worry about eating tomorrow!
No reason whatsoever!
Martin Luther explained it this way:
“For how could [God] allow us to suffer lack and to be desperate for temporal things when he promises to give us what is eternal and never perishes?” (The Large Catechism, Part III The Lord’s Prayer, quoted from Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, copyright © 2005, 2006 by Concordia Publishing House, p 415)
Jesus Christ took care of our eternity! He took all our sins on himself and paid the penalty for them on the cross.
God has forgiven us of all our sins for the sake of Jesus Christ.
Heaven is assured! Eternal life is now ours.
With our eternal life taken care of, there is simply no reason to worry about our life here and now. God promised to take care of our eternity (the first of many times in Genesis 3:15).
He also promises to take care of our “hear and now.”
There is no reason to worry about what we will eat or wear. There just isn’t!
Worrying won’t do any good anyway. Jesus says clearly that we can’t add a single hour to our lives by worrying.
Doctors tell us that just the opposite is actually the case. We can actually shorten our lives by worrying!
But worrying is a big part of so many people’s lives! What are we supposed to do if we don’t worry?
Jesus tells us this also – which is also the way to stop worrying.
Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness….
Make this your number one priority and use of time – seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness. Do this and you won’t have time to worry!
Nor will you have need! As Jesus concludes: and all these things will be added to you.
God will be taking care of your food and clothing – and everything else – needs as you seek his kingdom and righteousness.
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, your mercies are new unto us every morning, and though we have not deserved your goodness, you abundantly provide for all our wants of body and soul. Grant us your Holy Spirit that we may heartily acknowledge your merciful goodness toward us, give thanks for all your benefits, and serve you in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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