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A Journey Through Matthew (Pt 6)

We worship a big God!  He is all powerful, all knowing, eternal, fair, just, and ever present.  The God we serve has created everything.  He has intricately designed this world and everything in it; He has uniquely created you and me and somehow makes sure everything is works properly for all creation to exist and survive.  He is not a God of the concerned only with the “big” details, He is also the God of “little” details. 

Francis Chan writes in his book entitled, CRAZY LOVE

“Have you ever thought about how diverse and creative God is?  He didn’t have to make hundreds of kinds of bananas but he did.  He didn’t have to put 3,000 species of trees within a square mile of the Amazon jungle, but He did.  God didn’t have to create so many kinds of laughter.  Think about the different sounds of your friends’ laughs – wheezes, snorts, silent, loud, obnoxious.

How about how plants defy gravity by drawing water upward from the ground into the stems and veins?  Or did you know that spiders produce three kinds of silk?  When they build their webs they use, they create sixty feet of silk in one hour, simultaneously producing oil on their feet that prevents them from sticking to their own web!  Coral plants are so sensitive that they can die if the water varies by even one or two degrees.

Did you know that when you get goose bumps, the hair follicle is actually helping you stay warmer by trapping body heat?  OR what about the simple fact that plants take in carbon dioxide (which is harmful to us) and produce oxygen (which we need to survive)?  I’m sure you knew that, but have you ever marveled at that?  And these tiny poison swallowing, life giving plants came from tiny seeds that were placed in the dirt.  Some were watered, some weren’t; but after a few days they poked through the soil and into the sunlight.”


Have you ever sat and thought about the excellence of God?  Have you ever thought about his intricacies, his creation, his unfailing love, his sacrifice, his care, his mercy, and his concern with the small details of life?  Have you thought about his promises; His promise to never leave or forsake you;  his promise of eternal life to those who believe in Jesus Christ;  his promise to be near to you if you draw near to him; his promises of justice; and his promise to take care of you and me?  


I have thought about these things over and over and when I think about how great our God is and the specific, wonderful care and kindness He shows, I am encouraged beyond all things.  But then, when difficulties arise or the future becomes uncertain, I start to wonder, do I really believe all of this about God?  I begin to question; do I believe God is capable of marvelous accomplishments?  Do I really believe “God is good all the time and all the time God is good”?  Or is this a response I have been programmed to repeat whenever prompted?  Ultimately, I ask myself; do I really believe what I believe?  Maybe you have asked yourself this same question?  Maybe you are asking this question right now amid this pandemic.


There have been times in my life where my thoughts and beliefs about God do not always reflect what I preach when it comes to worry and trusting God.  Intellectually I know God is perfect in all ways, I know He will never leave nor forsake me, and I fully believe He will provide for all of my basic needs in life; so, why do I continue to worry?  


Worry, what is it Good For?

Today we are going to look at some Bible passages that I hope will be an encouragement as we seek to live worry-free lives.  As believers we are always called to trust God and yet we worry that maybe today is the first day in all of eternity He is not going to pull through.  Worry and trust are negating in all ways.  The two cannot co-exist.  Francis Chan writes again, “Worry implies that we don’t quite trust God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what is happening in our lives.”  Does that quote sting a little?  It should.  My first response is to reply, “How dare someone say that me worrying implies that I don’t trust God?”  The Old Testament patriarchs worried.  The disciples worried.  So, isn’t worry a natural response that all humans experience?  Sure, it is, but what is worry good for?  


Matthew 6:25 – 34


Vs 25 – Jesus says don’t worry about trivial things like what you will eat or wear because life is more than that.


Verse 26 – Do I have trouble believing God is going to take care of my needs?  Well look outside see those cute birds flying around outside.  They don’t plant or harvest their food, yet they seem to always have something to eat.  Hmmm… God provides for those birds.  Do I believe that I am more valuable than a bird in God’s eyes?  If so, do I believe maybe, just maybe God will provide for me?  He cares enough about those winged creatures to provide; then shouldn’t you and I trust and believe that God cares enough about you and me?  


Verse 27 – Can you tell me; how much do we accomplish by worrying?  Let’s think about this.  I spend hours worrying about something and during those hours what am I accomplishing?  What purpose has my worry filled?  Nothing whatsoever!  Was anything accomplished by my worrying?  Not a single thing.


Verse 28 – If worry is useless then why bother living your life in bondage to it?  


Verses 29 – 32:  God takes care of His creation with or without our help, He provides everything that is needed for the plants, the birds, the grass, etc.  God knows our needs and He will give us WHATEVER we NEED.  


Verse 33 – So, if we don’t spend our time worrying then what are we supposed to do?  Jesus tells us to SEEK first Kingdom of God and all the trivial things in life will be taken care of.  Jesus tells us that we need to make seeking God and his kingdom our top priority.  We are to let him have complete rule and reign over our lives.  But when we worry, we do not believe God is going to pull through for us.  


Verse 34 – Jesus tells us that since God is going to take care of us let’s stop wasting our time worrying about anything because God has it all under control.  Since He has it all under control then we need to live in the here and now because God has provided all we need for today.


So, what is Jesus telling us in this passage?  He is simply saying, do not worry because God has taken care of ALL our needs.  Now this does not mean that we should neglect personal preparation and planning for the future.  No, that is not what Jesus us saying, He is telling us to not spend all of our time planning for the future and what we want to accomplish because God’s plans may (and probably will) be different from the ones you and I make.  I mean isn’t this when we worry most?  It seems to me that when things don’t go the way I planned them is the time when I start freaking out and worrying about things? 


How Can We Live “Worry Free” Lives?

I wish there was a pill or a formula I could give you that would eliminate worry from our lives forever.  Unfortunately, there is no such thing available.  However, we can turn to the Word of God and let it speak to us today as a daily reminder that God is in control of all things, and I am not.

Proverbs 3:5-6

This passage has encouraged me time and again in my life.  In it I find three steps to help us live worry-free lives.

  1. Trust in the Lord with all your heart…  Easy enough, right?  This may be difficult for some to do.  How do we practically do this?  We can fully rely on God when we put aside ourselves, look to God’s Word and know that we are not in control.  Trusting God requires faith and faith is difficult for some because they have zero control in attaining it.  You see faith doesn’t mean that you can muster up enough positive energy and vibes so that we can come to a point of believing.  No, in fact faith has nothing to do with our efforts, Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.”  When we read the Word of God and believe the Gospel message, we can receive the faith we need to trust our God.  The Word of God gives us the faith we need to trust Him and His promises.  

  2. Lean not on your own understanding… We are not as smart as we think we are.  Everything in our society tells us that in order for us to be ok we need to trust in human wisdom, intellect, and abilities.  But God’s word tells us that we need to not lean on our wisdom, intellect and abilities.  God does not work in the ways we think He should.  Many of us begin to worry when things don’t go as planned or in a way that doesn’t make sense or seems illogical. But Isaiah 55:8 – 9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  

  3. In all your ways acknowledge Him… We always need to trust God, not just when we need him.  So many of us like to exhaust all our resources and when they have not proven true, we finally say, “Ok God, I need you to help me.”  I have heard people say, “We’ve done everything in our own power and all we have left to do if pray.”  Prayer should always be our first response in all things. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18 says, “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”   In the good times and the bad times, we need to trust in and pray to God.  This is the practical expression of the mind and will submitting to God and fully acknowledging him in all things, good and bad.  When we do this the Lord will guide us to our goal in life.  He will give you the wisdom you need to make wise decisions and ultimately get you to a point where worry will not rule your life.


To paraphrase Proverbs 3:5 – 6 and help us live worry-free lives we need to “Trust in God and not your intellect or your crafty plans.  Dedicate your life to Him and give Him complete control over your life in all areas and when you do this God will eliminate the power of worry in your life.”



For many worrying is a nasty habit to kick, and it can paralyze you, if you let it.  This message today is just as much for me as it is for many of you.  We are living in a time where it is easy to give in to our worries, fears and anxieties, but I want to encourage you (and me) to take keep the words of Proverbs 3:5 – 6 close to your heart.  I have purposed in my heart for God to have complete dominion in my life so I may live a stress- and worry-free life.  I am determined to come to terms with the fact that worrying is useless and a complete waste of time.  Time is precious and God does not want me to waste it worrying about things that I have no control over.

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