Summary: Don’t worry; trust in God.
October 5, 2008 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: Don’t worry; trust in God.
Focus Passage: Matthew 6:25-34
Introduction: story of old maid in rocking chair
Be honest: we all worry, don’t we?
The ignorant worry because they don’t know enough.
The knowledgeable worry because they know too much.
The rich worry because they are afraid of losing what they have.
The poor worry because they don’t have enough.
The old worry because they are facing death.
The young worry because they are facing life.
I. THINK OF HIS GREATNESS
a. SEEN IN THE WONDER OF HIS PROVISIONS. Vs 26, 28
i. "Behold the fowls" Look searchingly!
Behold their Bounty and their Plenty! Birds are always singing in thanksgiving.
ii. "Consider the lilies" Learn and observe thoroughly!
Observe their Beauty and their Prosperity!
b. SEEN IN THE WORTH OF HIS PEOPLE. Vs 26b
i. "Much better than they?" To a greater extent more valuable/superior than they!
ii. If God does all this for plants and animals, what will He do for us!
iii. When we are worrying our Thinking isn’t right, We are Superior to plants and animals!
iv. If they are the Glory of His creation, have much more should we be!
II. TRUST IN HIS GRACIOUSNESS
a. WORK OF HIS GRACE. V30-31
i. He clothes the grass of the field - today is and tomorrow cast into oven
ii. It is gone after one season, a short time then never to return- We are eternal!
iii. If He does all that for the grass, how much more will He do for us in magnitude and quantity!
iv. It is a sign of little faith to worry about these things - Trust in the work of His Grace!
b. WISDOM OF HIS GRACE. v32
i. Life of many was consumed in pursuit of materialism! (v21, 24)
ii. He says: "Don’t worry!" Because your "Heavenly Father Knows" you need all these things.
iii. "Your Father" or "Heavenly Father" is repeated 12 times in this chapter!
iv. Trust in His Graciousness, Recognize the Wisdom of His Grace - He knows all about it! He’s the beginning and the end, and all of this is somewhere in the middle!
III. THRUST INTO HIS GOODNESS. v33-34
a. GOODNESS OF HIS WILL. v33a
i. Don’t worry, rather "Burl" "Seek" Search after, Pursue, Desire, Strive for, Endeavor!
ii. "The Kingdom of God" God’s rule, His Will done on earth as in Heaven!
iii. "His Righteousness" When God rules there is Perfect Righteousness!
iv. Seek, Strive for, Thrust yourself into the Goodness of His Rule or Will!
b. GOODNESS OF HIS WARRANTY. v33b
i. Don’t worry because we have a Divine Warranty - All these things shall be added unto you!
ii. Warranty backed by His Reputation and Riches!
iii. "Shall be added" Future Passive - Warranty only good after we Seek first His Kingdom!
iv. We must thrust ourselves into His Goodness, into His service, and He will add these things!
The cost of worry—don’t you hate paying interest on things you buy? House, car, credit cards? Well, worry is the interest we pay when we borrow from tomorrow’s problems.
Invitation: "Don’t worry about it!" How do you keep from worry? Think about His Greatness. Trust in His Graciousness.
Thrust into His Goodness.