Robert Griffith | 30 September 2023
Robert Griffith
30 September 2023

 

Matthew 6:25  “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”

In Australia we have many great ‘Aussie’ expressions. Two of my favourites, which are often said together are, “No worries, mate!” and “She’ll be right!” I think that nicely sums up the point Jesus was making in the verse above. When we worry, essentially, we’re not trusting God. Worry is a lack of trust in Him. In fact, the word worry originates from a term that actually means ‘to strangle’ and that’s exactly what worry does to us. It strangles us. It chokes us. Worry is interest that we pay on troubles before they’re due.

It comes down to this: We need to trust in the providence of God. The providence of God, or the sovereignty of God, simply means that God is in control of our lives as followers of Jesus.

You may not understand why you’re dealing with a hardship right now. But God has allowed it for some reason. Nothing touches us that has not first passed through God’s loving hands. He’s in control. So instead of worrying, let’s put God first in our lives. Here the words of Jesus again and again:

Matthew 6:33  “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

The word seek speaks of persistence. Let’s say that you dropped a $100 note on the ground, and a little breeze picked it up. Would you go looking for it? Would you seek something that valuable? Of course, you would. Well, how does that even compare to the kingdom of God – the rule and reign of Jesus Christ in our lives?

Above everything else, we want to give God the number one position in our lives. And when we put God and His kingdom first, life will find its proper balance.