25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Seeking God means to turn to him first for help.
That’s tough because anything can bump God out of first place. People, objects, goals, and desires all compete for loyalties in my life.
Still, we’re called to live for God and not worry about anything else. From Matthew 6:25-34, here are seven reasons to not worry:
1. The same God who created life in you can be trusted with the details of your life [verse 25]
2. Worrying about the future hampers your efforts today [verse 26]
3. Worrying is more harmful than helpful [verse 27]
4. God does not ignore those who depend on him [verses 28-30]
5. Worry shows a lack of faith in and understanding of God [verses 31, 32]
6. There are real challenges God wants us to pursue, and worrying keeps us from them [verse 33]
7. Living one day at a time keeps us from being consumed with worry [verse 34]
Question: What competes with God for first place in your life? Click here to reply.