“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What we will wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, BUT YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER ALREADY KNOWS ABOUT YOUR NEEDS. Seek the kingdom of God above all else and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. ”
I was recently telling someone I was anxious about my future plans. They stopped me and encouraged me with these words, ‘Do Not Worry: Just Pray’. It took a couple of seconds and then the reality of what she actually said struck me. When we pray, we immediately take the burden from our own hearts and give it to Jesus. It is like we are supernaturally giving Him the weights that hold us down. When we pray, when we give our worries and anxieties to the One we know will deal with them, it can be so liberating and peaceful. Again this does not negate our responsibilities, but cements our hope and trust in the fact that Jesus is at hand.
Why can we be so confident that He will help us? The answer, because of the phrase Jesus repeated. ‘Your Father knows what you need already.’(Biblical repetition is always an indicator that we need to pay attention to what is being said.) If God already knows what we need, then why worry. He is already working on the situation or circumstance. Jesus, in the preceding verses has already talked about how the Father clothes the lilies of the fields and feeds the birds of the air. If so, then why worry? How much more do we mean to the Father than these things?
Our responsibility is to not worry. It is to seek the kingdom of God. It is to not let our burdens and worries, make us loose sight of Jesus. It is to live righteously by the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through our lives. It to have faith that all things are in God’s hand and that He will give us everything we need. Why worry then?