[Out text today builds upon the context of our text from last week which
asked us profoundly, “What
is your treasure?” In
honestly discovering what matters the most to you, or discovering what your
treasures are in life, will lead you to discover what causes you to worry.
Worry or anxiety can become a matter of great importance in your life.
Our Lord said,]
No man can serve two
masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else
he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.]
[In our text our Lord continues by saying,]
Therefore I say unto you,
Take no thought for your
life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your
body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than
[Matthew 6:34 34
Take therefore no
thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the
things of itself. Sufficient unto the day
is the evil thereof.]
[Our Lord is not saying, just don’t think about things in your life.
He is not instructing us to live thoughtless and foolish lives.
What our Lord really means by “Take
not thought for your life . . .” is don’t worry or be anxious about your
[Take no thought for
(Gk) - Anxious care. To care, be anxious, troubled, to take thought, used
in an absolute sense (Matt. 6:27, 31; Luke 12:25; Phil. 4:6), followed by the
dat. (Matt. 6:25; Luke 12:22); by “unto tomorrow” (a.t. [Matt. 6:34]); by
concerning, with a gen. (Matt. 6:28; Luke 12:26), with the acc. (Luke 10:41); by
(5228), regarding, with the gen. (1 Cor. 12:25); by
how (Matt. 10:19; Luke 12:11). By implication it means to care for or take care
of (Matt. 6:34; 1 Cor. 7:32–34; Phil. 2:20)
[Edward Robinson really brought out the heart of this text in
his Lexicon in 1850 when he wrote,]
[Robinson’s 1850 – Care,
anxiety, anxious thought, as dividing up
and distracting the mind.]
[Our Lord had just said that we cannot serve two
masters and then Jesus said don’t have a divided mind.
This reminds us of what James wrote,]
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all
men liberally, and upbraideth
not; and it shall be given him. 6
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave
of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7
For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the
A double minded man
is unstable in all his ways.
[When we are worried or full of anxiety, at the very least we
are seriously distracted. Our
attention is divided and when our attention is divided we cannot give anything
our undivided attention. Our Lord
Jesus Christ is saying, “Don’t worry.
Don’t be anxious. Don’t be
distracted by the concerns of life and this world.”]
Our Lord’s Council About Worry Includes,
We Must Analyze the Cause of Worry
[– Our Lord Jesus Christ give us
some clear causes of worry in our text.
Two categories stand out particularly.
The Natural Causes of Worry (vs 25, 27,
34) [– Therefore I say unto you, Take
no thought for your life,
what ye shall eat, or
what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the
life more than meat, and the body than raiment? -
Ed Rowell in an article entitled “Surrounded By Worry” notes
four types of worriers, ]
Life is full of risks, and weighing risks is an important part of
decision-making. But scaring ourselves by
remote or unlikely risks and anticipating the worst-case scenario in every
situation is a surefire prescription for sleepless nights and anxious
days. Mayday worriers continually live as if their plane is going down and no
one is responding on the radio.]
These are the people who can’t get past their mistakes of the past.
They suffer from the “shoulda-coulda-woulda”
syndrome – “I shoulda known that would happen.” “I coulda prepared
for that better.” “I woulda pursued that other lead.”]
[The events of yesterday can
give us the wisdom to make better choices today, but none of us possess the
power to take back a careless word, undo a careless act, or unthink a hurtful
thought. Yesterday worrying is perhaps the most futile category.]
Speculation about what
might happen is futile. Tomorrow belongs to God. It’s completely His,
with all its possibilities, burdens, perils, promise, and potential. It may be
ours in time, but for right now, it’s His. Therefore, there’s no need for us to
worry about what’s not even ours yet.]
Some people get trapped in a cycle of worry, replaying the same scenario over
and over. They lie awake all night and literally worry themselves sick. For
these people, worry has moved from a hobby to a full-time occupation.]
[Our Lord lists four
typical natural worries. He
[Our Food (vs 25)
. . . what ye shall eat, or
what ye shall drink; . . . – Food is our most basic need in life.
Without food and drink our life would quickly come to an end.
[Our Clothing (vs
25) - . . . nor yet for your body,
what ye shall put on . . . . – Clothing is a pretty basic need.
It is but one step above our need for food.]
[Our Health (vs
27) - Which of you by taking thought
can add one cubit unto his stature? – We might like to think that somehow we
are able to control our physical being, but with each passing year we come to
realize just how little control we really have over our bodies.
A wise person quickly learns to accept that God designs our bodies and we
must learn to accept the way he has made us.
Still our health or our physical well being is a great concern for many
of us. Jesus says, don’t fret and
worry too much about your health.]
[Our Future (vs
34) - Take therefore no thought for
the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself . . .
– In our day we feel we have more and more reason to worry about our future.
With the state of our economy and the financial distress we all seem to
be facing there seems to be just cause for a great deal of worry.
Retirement accounts have diminished and in some cases disappeared.
But our Lord says, “Don’t even worry about your future.”]
[There are seemingly an untold number of things in our
world and lives to worry about. Our
Lord accurately covers them all in our text.
When your Heavenly Father is in sovereign control there is no real reason
to worry at all. Think about them,
and do all you can to meet them when they come your way, but don’t be divided by
them. Just don’t worry!]
The Spiritual Causes of Worry (vs 30)
[- Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass
of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven,
shall he not much more
clothe you, O ye of little
faith? – We must trust the sovereignty and goodness of our Heavenly Father
in order to overcome our anxiety and worry.
We must remember,]
[The Sovereignty of God – . . .
if God so clothe . . .
believe that most of our worries are the result of a perceived loss of control.
When we feel like our situation is our of control we begin to worry.
Their will be many times in your life when you know that you are out of
control, but in those moments do you feel like your God is out of control?
God is never out of control, and nothing ever catches Him by surprise.
No matter what is happening He is present and caring for you as His dear
child. Do you believe that God is in
sovereign control? Then will you
trust Him and His sovereignty?]
During the terrible days of the Blitz, a father, holding his small son by the
hand, ran from a building that had been struck by a bomb. In the front yard was
a shell hole. Seeking shelter as quickly as possible, the father jumped into the
hole and held up his arms for his son to follow. Terrified, yet hearing his
father's voice telling him to jump, the boy replied, "I can't see you !" The
father, looking up against the sky tinted red by the burning buildings, called
to the silhouette of his son. "But I can see you. Jump!" The boy jumped, because
he trusted his father. The Christian faith enables us to face life or meet
death, not because we can see, but with the certainty that we are seen; not that
we know all the answers, but that we are known.]
[The Supply of
God - . . . shall he not much
more clothe you, O ye of little
faith? – Your Heavenly Father has made a promise to provide for you and to
protect you. Can you trust the
ability of your Heavenly Father to give you the supply that you need?
Then why are worried? You
must trust the supply and security of Almighty God.]
We Must Avoid the Curse of Worry
[- Without any doubt worry will have
disastrous effects upon your mental and physical life. Worry will destroy your
ability to have peace of mind and can even cause sickness in your physical body.
Our text reveals,]
Worry Defeats Our Spiritual Life (vs 30)
[- Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass
of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven,
shall he not much more
O ye of little
faith? – Faith is taking God at His Word.
Faith reflects what you believe about God’s Word.
If God says something in the Bible then you ought to have the utmost
confidence in what God has said.
Therefore, if you are worrying about things that God said He would do in the
Bible then you are demonstrating that you do not really believe what God has
said. You are weak in faith, because
you are weak about the Word of God.
Worry demonstrates a spiritual weakness in your character.]
Worry Distracts Our Mental Life (Matthew
6:25, 27, 28, 31, 34) [- . . . Take no
thought for your life, . . . – Five times our Lord warns about the
distraction and division of worry.
As noted earlier worry divides the mind by drawing our attention away from our
Heavenly Father and the things of God.]
[A Bible expositor once described the picture behind
this the word translated take no thought or worry. He said it could well be
represented by a
bulldog terrier tearing
a rag doll to shreds. If this is so then it is not difficult to
understand the mental distractions and breakdowns that are so alarmingly common
today. Like a house that is divided against itself, which cannot stand, the
mental structures of our personalities give way and collapse.]
- Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the great nineteenth-century preacher, once said
that he worried for weeks before a speaking engagement, even to the extent of
hoping he would break a leg and miss the event. When he finally entered the
pulpit to give the speech, he was exhausted! Then Spurgeon faced up to his fear.
He asked himself, What is the worst thing that could happen to me during my
sermon? Whatever it was, he decided, the heavens would not collapse. He knew
that he had been magnifying his fears. Once he faced his worries for what they
were, he relaxed, simply because his mind was no longer divided.]
[Don’t let your worries distract and divide your mind.
Worries will rob your joy and peace of mind if you let them.]
Worry Destroys Our Physical Life (vs 27;
Luke 21.25-27) [-
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? –
There is a great tide of medical evidence that reports about the physical
illness caused by worry. When you
are worried you have no peace of mind. When your peace of mind is gone you find
many sleepless nights. Because of
these sleepless nights your body becomes fatigued.
When fatigued your immune system becomes weakened and illnesses set in.
Not to mention the high blood pressure caused by worry.
Many physical illnesses result because of worry.]
[Our Lord said,]
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the
stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the
waves roaring; 26
Men's hearts failing
them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on
the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory. ]
[Don’t let worry reign in your life!]
We Must Apply the Cure to Worry [–
Our Lord Jesus Christ not only warns us about worry and its causes but He also
gives us the God given cure for worry.
To cure worry,]
We Must Seek the Reign of God In Our Lives
(vs 33; Rom 14.17) [- But seek ye
first the kingdom of God, . . .
- What is the kingdom of God
in our lives?]
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness,
and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. ]
[When God and His kingdom reign supreme in your life
then it is hard for worry and anxiety to get a hold in our life.
A life lived out for Christ will defeat the fears that this world and our
spiritual adversary would love to bring into your life.
God does not bring worry into your life; He brings righteousness, peace
[You need to surrender
to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in
We Must Seek the Righteousness of God In
Our Lives (vs 33; Matt 5.6) [- . . .
and his righteousness; . . . – To seek the righteousness of God means to
seek to live your life in a way that completely pleases God.
Now, we know that none of us are perfect.
But our Lord is not saying that we must be perfect He says we must seek
God’s righteousness. Our Lord said,]
Blessed are they
which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. ]
[I think there are many who sit in Churches who
couldn’t care whether they live righteous lives or not.
But our Lord says we should hunger and thirst for righteousness.
We ought to be striving to be right in the sight of our Heavenly Father
for this is what it means to seek after righteousness.]
[Do your look for excuses and reasons to sin?
Or do you become deeply convicted when you just think about sinning?
Are you seeking after righteousness.]
We Must Seek the Resources of God In Our
Lives (vs 33) [- . . . and all these
things shall be added unto you. – Be careful about thinking too much about
this world’s stuff. The resources of
God are not merely mortal, they are eternal in nature.
The stuff of this life must never be our treasure in life.
The stuff of this life is given us by God so that we might use it to set
up for ourselves eternal treasures in heaven to come.
Get your treasures right and your concerns and worries will follow.]
[What are you worried about?
The most important thing for you to worry about is your eternal soul.
Are you a born again Christian?
You need to be.]
April 26, 2009