Favourite Verses Part 4: Matthew 6:25-27

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6:25-27)

As a kid, Matthew 6:25-27 were my favourite verses. I have wondered why I was drawn to this passage as a kid. I think I loved the feeling of security it brought me. I loved the imagery of a bird being cared for by God and then knowing that God cares for me so much more than a bird. I also loved (and still love) Matthew 10:29-31:

What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.

The peace of knowing that our Heavenly Father knows us so well and cares for us deeply is comforting. But when we’re in hard situations, it can be a real challenge to remember this.

Have you ever thought that a situation might not turn out right if you didn’t worry? I have. I don’t know why we think it, but we get confused into thinking that our situation will be unattended to by God if we don’t worry. It’s a completely wrong way of thinking.

God cares about us. God takes care of us. He is not going to bless us or neglect us according to our level of worry.

It’s so tempting to worry. For many of us, it is our default response. But I bring good news. You can care about a situation without worrying about it. Worry is debilitating. Who are we helping when we worry? We think less clearly. We work at a less efficient rate. Who are we helping?

Instead, bring your requests to God, knowing that He cares:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

By putting our trust in God and handing our burden over to Him, we are actually going to be much more helpful in the situation. Our perspectives will be better. Our heart will be calmed by the peace of God. We will be able to concentrate on our tasks and be capable of being more proactive in the situation. Worrying doesn’t help. But I know not worrying is easier said than done.

Throw all your worry on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

How beautiful is this verse. People can get overwhelmed by the burdens of life, but He never does and He invites us to throw it all onto Him, to freely come before Him. The Psalms are filled with examples of people talking honestly with God, expressing their hurt, anger and worry. He invites us to do the same. And if you can muster it, come with thankfulness in your heart (Philippians 4:6-7). But if you can’t, come before Him anyway. He wants to give your heart rest:

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29)

He knows you. He loves you. He cares about you. The God-Almighty, King of kings, Prince of Peace, creator of the heavens and the earth, will take care of you. So trust Him:

Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me. (John 14:1)

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Worrying doesn’t add to our life in any way. It doesn’t lengthen it and it does not make it any more enjoyable. If God cares for the birds, He’ll care for you all the more. So do not worry, but trust Him who made you to take care of you and whatever you face.

Some beautiful scripture to read:

  • Matthew 6:33-34

  • John 14:27

  • Psalm 55:22

  • Isaiah 41:13

Read Favourite Verses Part 1: Hebrews 6:19a

Read Favourite Verses Part 2: Joshua 1:9

Read Favourite Verses Part 3: Jeremiah 32:27

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