“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Jesus is concluding His discussion on trusting money versus trusting God, and He ends with an application question – What dominates our thoughts?
Jesus is saying something incredibly insightful:
What you think about is what you care about.
If you do not know where you stand in your relationship with God, look at your thoughts. Are our thoughts dominated and made up of our needs, our safety, our anxieties over food, water, and clothing? If so, then we are trying to be God because we are depending upon ourselves to provide for us, protect us, and meet all of our own needs.
Did you know that God did not create us to carry anxiety and stress? A creation cannot function like it’s Creator. Trying to fulfill the role of God in our lives will inevitably lead to stress and anxiety. You and I were not built to carry that responsibility.
We were created to trust God and love Him. God knows our needs. We must believe this. Instead of trying to be our own “gods”, hurrying about, fussing over everything, stressing out because our power and control is so minuscule, Jesus commands us to seek God and His Kingdom first and above all other things.
Here’s the real question: What if Jesus really meant this? This, of course, is meant to be rhetorical – of course Jesus meant everything He said. But you and I don’t live as if He did, do we? We explain it away or dismiss it as some ancient obscurity.
“Jesus didn’t mean we should have ZERO stress or anxiety. That’s not realistic. He didn’t understand this culture. He doesn’t understand how busy I am, how stressful my job is, how difficult my children and my marriage are….”
Here’s the thing – He does. Jesus understands stress and anxiety more than anyone. He knows your difficulties, fears, stress and anxiety. He had spent eternity past in intimate, deep, loving relationship with God and the Spirit, and as He approached the cross, He faced separation from them. You know the loss of a spouse is the most stressful event in the life of a human, and the longer the marriage the more stressful and painful the loss. Well, no one has been in relationship longer than Jesus. His relationship was perfect – perfect giving, communication, love, sacrifice….perfect. He knew and He was fully known. And He ended up in the Garden sweating blood from stress and anxiety. He fell on His face and begged God for deliverance, but He also gave all his trust and hope to God. After that night of prayer, Jesus arose, turned confidently toward His torture and death, having given His life and mission back to God.
You and I can trust God. He knows what He is doing. We are not meant to carry so much stress and anxiety. Only God is big enough, wise enough, powerful enough to carry our worries and fears. And He is faithful to bring us through. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Really.