Saturday, May 02, 2009

Do not Worry Matthew 6:25

In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus tells us not to worry, he uses the fact God provides for the animals and they do not worry, nor do they have the capacity to worry. The fields of lilies grow, they do not labor, they are taken care of, therefore, we should not worry about how ourselves needing to provide these means, as well, worrying does not add one minute to our life. 

Read from the NIV what Jesus said about worry... 

Mt 6:25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ? 

Mt 6:28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. 

When I read this, I like it, it makes sense. Why worry, it does not add to our life. In fact, Dale Carnegie wrote a book about it. But worry is a prelude to planning. I worry about my future, so I plan my finances today. I worry about my childrens health, thus I take steps proper to secure it.

 As much as I like what Jesus Christ states in Matthew 6:25 -34, I do worry. And what adds to my worry is now on the Discovery channel, we get to see when the food dries up for the animals, the flowers do wilt, the birds do die from starvation. The worst one I eve saw on Discovery is the dying of the animals living in the water source as it dried up. Alligators, Hippopotamus were slowly being covered with mud, drying out and either dying to heat exhaustion or starvation.

In my mind, this challenged the statement by Jesus Christ, for the animals of the planet were not being taken care of and they were dying, thus confirming, I should worry, shouldn't I?

Before I write the rest of my commentary on this, I am in hopes, you my friends that my read this, supply me with you thoughts, insights and commentary. 

Here is what I found: 

There is scarcely any sin against which our Lord Jesus more warns his disciples, than disquieting, distracting, distrustful cares about the things of this life. This often insnares the poor as much as the love of wealth does the rich. But there is a carefulness about temporal things which is a duty, though we must not carry these lawful cares too far. Take no thought for your life. Not about the length of it; but refer it to God to lengthen or shorten it as he pleases; our times are in his hand, and they are in a good hand. Not about the comforts of this life; but leave it to God to make it bitter or sweet as he pleases. Food and raiment God has promised, therefore we may expect them. Take no thought for the morrow, for the time to come. Be not anxious for the future, how you shall live next year, or when you are old, or what you shall leave behind you. As we must not boast of tomorrow, so we must not care for to-morrow, or the events of it. God has given us life, and has given us the body. And what can he not do for us, who did that? If we take care about our souls and for eternity, which are more than the body and its life, we may leave it to God to provide for us food and raiment, which are less. Improve this as an encouragement to trust in God. We must reconcile ourselves to our worldly estate, as we do to our stature. We cannot alter the disposals of Providence, therefore we must submit and resign ourselves to them. Thoughtfulness for our souls is the best cure of thoughtfulness for the world. Seek first the kingdom of God, and make religion your business: say not that this is the way to starve; no, it is the way to be well provided for, even in this world. The conclusion of the whole matter is, that it is the will and command of the Lord Jesus, that by daily prayers we may get strength to bear us up under our daily troubles, and to arm us against the temptations that attend them, and then let none of these things move us. Happy are those who take the Lord for their God, and make full proof of it by trusting themselves wholly to his wise disposal. Let thy Spirit convince us of sin in the want of this disposition, and take away the worldliness of our hearts.

Henry, M., & Scott, T. (1997). Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary (Mt 6:25). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems.

Some other finds on specific versus and words: 

6:25 do not worry. See Php 4:6 and note. worry. Undue anxiety, not a legitimate concern to provide for one's daily needs (cf. Lk 10:41–42; 2Th 3:6–12). 

Php4:6 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

4:6 anxious. Self-centered, counterproductive worry, not legitimate cares and concerns for the spread of the gospel (see 2:28 and note; 2Co 11:28; see also Mt 6:25–31; 1Pe 5:7). in everything, by prayer. Anxiety and prayer are two great opposing forces in Christian experience. thanksgiving. The antidote to worry (along with prayer and petition). 

6:27 add a single hour. But anxiety may very well shorten one's life span, as modern medicine has shown.

My  thoughts after some praying and thinking and studying...

If in truth, we trust in the lord, for good and/or bad, it does not matter what life brings to our doors now, for it is the life in heaven with God we should be focusing on, thus we should accept life without complaint like the rest of nature does.

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