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Cure for the Worry Wart

Matthew 6:25-34

John Shearhart

May 19, 2010

Introduction

Our text this evening begins with Jesus’ words, “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life.”

These words are a simple and freeing command which for some reason is difficult to obey.

There are so many dangers and pitfalls in life:

When my wife was pregnant I worried about a miscarriage.

When my kids were being delivered I worried about birth defects.

When we took them home I worried about SIDS.

When they started walking I worried about them running into the street.

I’m already worried about when they start driving.

I’m worried about whether or not I’ll be stuck in a nursing home when I’m old.

When I’m on an airplane I worry about terrorists.

When I drive at night I worry about drunk drivers.

Worry, worry, worry…

But Jesus commands, “do not be worried about your life.”

Right now some of you share my worries.

Some of you are worried about your finances.

Some of you are worried about the economy.

Some of you are worried about your marriage.

Some of you are worried about your health.

But Jesus says, He commands, “do not be worried about your life.”

This morning we’re going to look at Matthew 6:25-34 which deals with this subject.

Before we begin, though, let’s lay down some thoughts for interpretation.

1. The context of the passage deals with money and possessions. In the verses just before these Jesus encourages His followers to store up treasure in heaven rather than earthly treasures (6:19-21) and He warns against setting up money as a god (6:24). While we’re not to worry about anything, money is the main issue here.

2. “Do not worry” doesn’t mean “don’t try” or “don’t consider.” We ought to pray and plan and be smart. If you know a terrorist is on the plane, take action; if you know you won’t have enough money, plan for it. I do my best not to drive after 8:00pm on New Year’s Eve, etc.

3. “Worry” will be defined and used as a term which implies fretting over events outside our control at the expense of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Teaching your kids to look both ways is wise, but constantly fretting over whether or not they’ll do it robs the believer of joy, peace, etc.

With these in mind let’s take a look at Dr. John’s miracle…

Cure for the Worry Wart

1. Purpose to Obey God’s Commands (:25)

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.

Like most success in the believer’s life, the cure for worry begins with faithful obedience.

“I say to you…” The “I” is Jesus, and His statement comes in the form of a command: “do not be worried.”

And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, 19but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. (Mark 4:18-19)

2. Perceive Life with Spiritual Eyes (:25)

Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy and eat come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2"Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance. (Isaiah 55:1-2)

3. Ponder God’s Care of Creation (:26-30)

26"Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27"And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28"And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30"But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

God cares for the birds and the flowers. More than that, God cares for your life.

Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30"But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31"So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31)

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