Summary: We can fully trust God who created us and cares for us.
Title: No Worries…
Text: Matthew 6:24-34
Thesis: We can fully trust God who created us and cares for us.
Let’s look at a clip to start us thinking as we begin.
(Play Clip: worshiphousemedia.com Clip: Matthew 6: Do Not Worry)
That clip is a powerful reminder that God wants us to know that he cares for us and does not want us to be worriers.
Our text begins with strong statement about worry.
1. Worry is verboten!
“Don’t worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing?” Matthew 6:25-29
Commentator William Barclay says there is a difference between being careful and being full of care. Prudence is a good and necessary part of life. Having foresight is a good thing… planning ahead for the unforeseen is wise. Being careful is not what concerns Jesus. Jesus is concerned that we not be full of care or worry anxiously. (Wiliam Barclay, The Gospel of Matthew, P. 255)
Jesus specifically tells his followers that “worry” does not reflect the mindset he desires of his followers. He uses strong language… he says, “Don’t worry.” Worry is forbidden.
• In English we would say worry is forbidden.
• In Spanish we would say worry is prohibido.
• In Italian we would say that worry is severo.
• When I looked up forbidden in the English to Swedish, there was no direct translation, suggesting that nothing is forbidden in Sweden. However, in all fairness, the Swedes do have a word for forbid, which is forbjuda.
Jesus spoke directly to the issue of worrying about the things of everyday life, then he poses the question: Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing? What does he mean? What does Jesus mean by “life consisting of more than food and clothing?”
Do you suppose that the God who gives the great gift of life is somehow incapable of also giving the things necessary for life? Can we not trust the giver of life to also be the sustainer of life? There is more to life than worrying about the cares of life… there is the living of a life of trust.
We are not to worry because God, the giver of life is also the sustainer of life. God will take care of us.
2. God will take care of us… We are more precious to God than birds and flowers.
“They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are more valuable than they are.” Matthew 6:26
Wild birds don’t worry. This photo happens to be of a “Flicker” at a backyard feeder but it could be a Hummingbird drinking nectar from bright flower or of the familiar Canadian Geese who graze in our lawns.
(Project slide of wild birds feeding.)
Even the most detached of bird watchers knows that birds hustle for their food. Neither the red nor the yellow finch lies around all day waiting for God to drop a sack of thistle seed into the nest. Birds hustle for their food. Sparrows are relentless in their efforts to find food. Pigeons gather around park benches in search of peanuts. Hummingbirds never stop in their relentless flutter for the nectar of wild flowers. The point is this: Birds don’t worry.