Reading the Word
Matthew 6:25–34 (ESV) — 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious 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? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Understanding and Applying the Word
Are you prepared for the future? Are you worried about the future? Many face great anxiety about what lies ahead, in large part because it is unknown. How does one prepare for the unknown?
Jesus tells us that we do not need to fear the future. Why? Because we know the One who holds the future, including our future, in his hands. We can trust that the Lord will take care of us just as he cares for the birds and the flowers. We are much more valuable than those things, so surely God will take care of us too. Knowing this, we are freed to pursue the things that God wants us to pursue: the kingdom of God and his righteousness. This means we can live life to the glory of God in each and every circumstance knowing that God is with us to provide, even if the world hates us for it and we face persecution.
We do not know the future, but we know the One who holds the future in his hands. We have no need to fear.
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