Worry and faith are not on the same side. When worry and faith get mixed up, it seems as if you are the rope in a tug-of-war. Worry pulls you in the opposite direction than faith wants you to go. How is that possible if you are a believer?
Matthew 6:25-34 talks about worry and faith. This Bible passage clearly states you shouldn’t worry about everyday life. What? Do you mean everyday stuff like food on the table or money to buy clothes to wear or a place to sleep tonight? Yes, those are the exact things Mathew talks about in chapter 6. He clearly teaches that you shouldn’t worry about these things.
Easy to say if there is an abundance. But if there is lack, how do you not worry?
Isn’t There More to Life?
In verse 25 Matthew challenges you with this question:
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? (NLT)
Nodding your head, you agree that there is more to life than basic survival like having food to eat and clothes to wear. But that doesn’t change the situation or the need.
Matthew anticipated the objection and he continues in verses 26-29 with two profound questions:
He draws your attention to the birds and how they don’t plant, harvest or store food; yet Father God provides for them and feeds them. He also gives the example of how beautifully ‘clothed’ the lilies of the field are. They are far more glamorously dressed than King Solomon, the wisest and richest king could ever be. He then asks the question, “And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?” Of course, you are! God created you in his image. Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins so you could be saved. Surely he did that because you were valuable enough to him…
- Matthew continues and asks, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” No, it can’t, it could probably do the opposite. If you think about it, you can’t change your circumstances because you worry. The solution won’t appear from anywhere because you worry. You’ll probably miss it anyway because you are so focused on worrying.
Why Then So Little Faith?
God looks after wildflowers that have a very short lifespan; they are beautiful today and thrown into the fire tomorrow. If God cares enough for those flowers, then he will certainly care for you who are by far more precious to him.
“Why then, do you have so little faith?”
There is a difference between having little faith and having no faith. If you don’t believe in God, you have no faith in him. But if you believe but you struggle with faith in a specific situation, then you have little faith; you lack faith for that specific circumstance. Matthew encourages you by telling you that God values you greatly and will care for you. When you understand how valuable you are to God, you will have the faith to believe he will care for you.
Part of faith is to trust in God.
- To trust that he will care for you.
- To trust that he will bring you through this predicament.
- To trust that you are important enough for God that he wants to help you and that he will.
Your Father Knows
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:31-33 NLT)
You are a believer in God, not an unbeliever. Therefore, your mind won’t be dominated by worries of everyday needs. God knows what you need before you ask him. He is not waiting for you to pray about it before he realizes that you have a need. He already knows; he is waiting for you to ask him. When you ask in faith, you will receive.
When you worry, you take your focus away from God. All your attention is dominated by what you need, not who God is. The moment you focus on the Kingdom of God and am in right standing with God, He gives you a promise. God promises that he will give you everything you need. You don’t have to worry about it, God will provide.
In other words, when your attention is focused on God, when He is your priority, everything else falls into place. Because you look at your life and circumstances from the eternal perspective of your Creator, the Lord Almighty. When you put your trust in God and not in man or your need, God provides.