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Jesus Warns About Worry

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Worry

In this passage, Jesus is telling us that we have no reason to worry (vv. 22-23)! None at all! And he says that is for a good reason. He points out that God the Father already knows our every need, and that He will supply all that we need (v. 24)! Actually, Jesus is commanding us not to worry! We all know that is so much easier to say than to do. Most of us worry. We worry about our finances, we worry about our health, our friends, our homes. our cars etc..... We worry about so much! Why?

Why do we lose sleep over such things as our finances? Why does our health scare us so much? I believe that people should focus more on His promises. It is detrimental to focus on the things that can go wrong. We need to focus on what God has in store for us. Can you remember anyone having any of their needs fulfilled by worrying? Worrying guarantees you to make any situation even worse. We need to put our concerns into his hands. He can handle them much better than we can.

Verse 22 changes the subject to what is wrong with worrying. It says basically three things:

  1. Worry is deceptive (vv. 22-24) - It convinces us that life is made up of what we eat and what we wear. He says it consists of far more than what one eats or wears (v. 15).
  2. Worry is destructive (vv. 25-29) - It is a real time waster because it cannot change a thing. Since life is made up of time and opportunities, worry only destroys your life.
  3. Worry is demanding (vv. 30-34) It keeps us from growing spiritually. How can we witness to a lost world if we ourselves are doubting God and worrying?

Application

Worry is foolish because the creator of the universe loves me and knows what I need. He promises to meet all of my real needs; but not necessarily all of my desires.

Luke 12:22-34 (English Standard Version)

And he said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

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