Mathew 6. Forum Discussion

Worry

Chapter six is the middle portion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. It is awe inspiring to think about what it must have been like to be present in that crowd and hear Jesus deliver a sermon to the people.

Fortunately for us, every word of Jesus’ sermon has been recorded and preserved for our edification.

In His sermon, Jesus covers several topics including:

  • How to give
  • How to pray
  • Fasting
  • How you cannot serve both God and money
  • And worry

For today’s study, we are going to look at what Jesus has to say on the topic of worry. Our focus verse can be found in Mathew 6:8:

“Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million adults in the United States are affected by some type of anxiety disorder. That is 18.1% of the population. The World Health Organization reports that globally 275 million people suffer from an anxiety disorder. That is approximately 1 out of every 13 people. Jesus knows that we worry. Here in His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus lists a few of the things that people worry about, including:

  • What we will eat.
  • What we will drink.
  • And how we cloth ourselves.

Jesus tells His audience not to worry about these things, and to trust that God is going to provide them. Specifically, Jesus says:

“Do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?  And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?  And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil, nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!  Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Mathew 6:25-33.

When we look at Jesus’ comments about not worrying, there are three points that we need to understand:

  1. God is capable. Jesus points out how easily God feeds the birds and grows the flowers. These things are of much lesser importance to God than mankind. God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:27). If He can take care of the birds and the flowers, surely God can take care of us.
  2. We must seek God first to receive His blessings. Mathew 6:33 says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
  3. Jesus tells us to focus on the basics, not the luxuries.

That is it! Jesus does not go into any more detail on the subject because He does not have to.

To combat worry, we must believe that God can help our situation, and we must seek Him first. Too often when adversity strikes, we put our faith in the things of this world and not God. When we do this, we should not be surprised if our problems continue.

It is also important to look at the types of things that Jesus talks about in His sermon. He is not talking about wealth, or possessions, or luxuries. He is talking about the necessities of life (food, water, and clothing). When we think about that point, we need to consider the possibility that some of our anxiety may be happening because our priorities do not align with God’s.

Jesus talks about seeking God first. An important part of seeking God first is to reach out to Him in prayer. While delivering His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told us how to pray. As you read through His words, ask yourself, “Is He praying for necessities, or luxuries?”

Jesus said in Mathew 6:9-13:

 “Pray, then, in this way:

‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
 ‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]”

These are the same words that Jesus used when one of His disciples said to Him in Luke 11:1, “Lord, teach us to pray.”

If our prayers are focused on gaining more possession and having more “things”, we are missing the point. Jesus teaches about humility, meekness, and serving. These priorities are different from what the world tells us is important. It is up to us to decide if we are going to listen to God’s priorities, or those of the world.

The next time that adversity strikes, we should focus on these three things that Jesus taught us in His sermon:

  1. God is capable.
  2. We must seek God first to receive His blessings.
  3. Focus on the basics, not the luxuries.

When we do this, God’s grace and mercy will provide everything that we need. As Jesus said in Mathew 6:8, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Mathew 7 and how to enter the Kingdom of heaven. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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James A Guillory

When our focus is on loving the Lord God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, when we are in that intimate love relationship with the Lord we have complete confidence that He will supply all of our needs.

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John B
James A Guillory

Amen!

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Patricia
James A Guillory

Most inspiring. It reminds us as we go over his words what we should be remembering through our day. And to remember to be thankful to him for the day. Keep the faith tomorrow when you awaken. And be thankful for another day in your heart.

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