“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?” ~ Matthew 6:26 NIV
Matthew 6:25-34 in my Bible is literally titled Do Not Worry. That is something I always here continuously and sadly, it often times sounds cliché. It’s undeniable that we humans have many worries: the world, money, housing, jobs, families, etc. Countless worries that keep us up at night. Bigger worries influence smaller worries like what to wear, what to eat, what to order at Starbucks©. We end up worrying over things that need no thought. Therefore, we end up finding easier routes and/or solutions so we don’t have to worry. We store food for the week; no need to worry about food. We work more so we can make more money so we can afford more things; no need to worry about money. I can go on and on, but basically, what I am trying to say is that in this life, things that worry us are inevitable no matter how much we do to avoid it.
What Jesus is saying is plain and clear: do not worry. Why? Because our Heavenly Father not only feeds the birds but us too (Matthew 6:26). In other words, God provides. God gives, God restores, it is all in His hands. And bluntly speaking, the world worries about meaningless things. I do agree that clothes are important, food is important, a house, a car, family…all of that is greatly important. But when that becomes an idol, then we’re not really trusting in God. God created food, so why can’t we trust that He will provide that for us? There are more important things at stake than our careless, worldly worries.
Why is it so hard not to worry? Well for many of us, maybe we lack faith. Jesus says bluntly in Matthew 6:30, “’Oh you of little faith’” (NIV). We shouldn’t worry because we should believe that God will supply all our needs and that He is in control. On the other hand, if you struggle with worrying like I do, I recommend reading Philippians 4:6 which says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (NIV).
When we “present our requests to God” for our worries, we are seeking Him which is what He wants. But what He doesn’t want from us is us imagining a planned response from Him. Meaning, we cannot expect God to do what we want. He does as He pleases. As we come to Him in prayer for our anxiousness, He gives peace, and that is what we need at the moment of our worrying.