Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Commands of Christ - Matthew 6:25-32

"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." -Matthew 6:25-32

What does this command require?

Do not worry. Do not worry about your life. Do not worry about food. Do not worry about your body.

What truths do we learn from this command?

God is the ultimate provider. Psalm 145:16 says, "You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing." In fact, God is such a good provider for His children that we need not even worry about needing anything. God takes care of the birds of the air and He clothes the lilies of the field. Since He does these things for birds and lilies, will He not much more take care of His children? We can trust God. He will never fail. 

The question remains: What about when He doesn't provide what I need? Well, you're not asking the right question. God always provides what you need. The question you are really asking is: Why doesn't He provide what I think I need? Believer, commit yourself to the sovereign hand of God and you will humbly accept what He gives you. Make the most of His provisions. Honor Him with all of your life. Do not worry about your life.

"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." -1 Peter 5:6-7

What are the consequences for disobeying this command?

anxiety due to constant worrying; lack of faith; small view of God;

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