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Apr 18, 2021

The Cure for Worry

The Cure for Worry

Passage: Matthew 6:25-34

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

In our previous passage (Matt. 6:19 – 24) Jesus told those following him to store up treasures in heaven. Naturally, this left some people in His audience confused and worried that if their duty were to only focus on heaven and not the here and now, how would their daily needs be met? Who would pay the bills or make sure that there was food on the table? These worries are a common part of everyday life, but Jesus treats that fear by an overarching statement, do not be anxious about your life (v. 25). But then Christ drills down. First, He addresses the worry about food. Our value is far superior to the birds of the air and yet God feeds them. We witness the promise of God’s provision every time we look out our window and see the birds foraging for food. Secondly, we should not worry about what we will wear. The fields of the earth are here today and gone tomorrow, and yet the Lord beautifully clothes them with flowers. Jesus bookends these concerns once again by saying, do not be anxious (v. 31). For many this sounds easier said than done. Broadly speaking anxiety and worry are a part of our everyday lives. When we hear Christ say this, we may initially think he is being harsh and dismissive, that somehow if we worry, we are weak, but that is not the case. He is driving us towards the Kingdom where we should take all our cares and concerns seeking first God and His righteousness and these things will be added to us. Does this mean our anxieties will go away? No, not on this side of eternity. But there is One who can sustain us through our difficulties today and tomorrow.