Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Matthew 6:25-32 (NKJV) "Therefore I say to you, 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? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore, do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
What Truth is Revealed? There are two truths that stand out in this teaching from Jesus. Firstly, worry will accomplish nothing. Worry does not problem solve, nor does it bring any peace. About the only thing that worry is effective at is undermining your faith. Secondly, Jesus points out that our heavenly Father knows all about the things that we need, which includes the things that we tend to worry about.
What is the Command/Wisdom or Promise? The wisdom in this teaching is that we simply need to stop worrying, period. (No exceptions) Worry is just an extension of fear and fear does not come from God. 2 Timothy 1:7 states: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
What Does this Mean to Me and What Action Should I Take? I think that there are a couple of actions that are warranted when it comes to the “cares of this world.” Firstly, I need to pray about everything. (The small stuff and the big challenging stuff) Secondly, when I give the Lord my burdens, I need to control my thinking and not take those burdens back. Either, I believe that God is in control or I don’t. Either, I have faith in God or I don’t. Either, I worry, or I give my concerns to God.
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As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.