3.31.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 60. Money.

What are your worries today? Food, clothing, water?
Matthew 6:25 says this: “‘For this reason I say to you, 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 life not more than food, and the body more than clothing?”

As most of the modern world would define it, most of the people hearing Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount were “poor.” Most people in that era lived from day to day. For some, what they earned each day was all they had to live on for the next day. When Jesus instructed these people to pray for “daily bread,” it resonated with their life experience. They might have struggled more with Jesus’ teaching in the previous verses: not to obsess over wealth, but to focus on godly and eternal rewards.

The idea here is not to serve money over God.

He commands His followers not to worry about their lives, including what they will eat or drink or wear. People of the ancient world often wore the same one or two sets of clothes until they fell into rags. A large part of each day would be focused on obtaining, preparing, or earning money for food. Jesus points out that life is about more than what we eat and what we wear—God has purposes for us beyond those temporary details.

Jesus is not telling His followers to quit their jobs. He is not telling them to simply sit idly and wait for God to supernaturally provide. Nor is He suggesting it’s wrong to earn money to provide for their families. He is not telling His followers they should not wisely save for future needs. In keeping with the rest of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is commanding His listeners to take control of what is going on in their minds and hearts. The word translated “worry” or “be anxious” here is merimnate. This can mean to care for or think about something. In this context, it means to obsess or agonize. Jesus’ point here is not that we should be careless, but that we should not be fearful.

In a meaningful sense, living in constant worry about money is a way of “serving” money instead of serving God. Living in fear Jesus says, is not the point of real life.

Oh, this last sentence. Drives the point home doesn’t it. To live in fear. That means that when living that way, surrender and trust have taken a back seat and fear has set it.

That we would and deal with our money responsibly so that we can learn to trust God more and lean more into our faith that He will provide.

13 Comments

  1. Suzanne on March 31, 2021 at 6:25 am

    1 Peter 7
    Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

    Ezekiel 34:12
    As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.

    • Sonia A on March 31, 2021 at 8:06 am

      One of my favourite verses 1 Peter 5v7
      And Proverbs 3v4-5.
      When my 3 children in the teens 13, 15 and 18 and was faced with a divorce due to abuse and no support, I truly had to stand on theses verse and others. I had a school bus job at the time (Drove for 11 years ) and had to get a full time job to support my 3 kids and keep a home for them. God is good and answered many prayers. I got a full time driving a bus for the City and now going on 15 years with them. It is so easy too worry about the lack of money and so true we all have to die to self and surrender it all to Jesus. Prayers and relationship with Jesus is the only way.
      God Bless

      • Dave Pettigrew on March 31, 2021 at 10:46 am

        Great verses Sonia. Thanks for sharing!

      • Patti S on March 31, 2021 at 3:41 pm

        Sonia, Thank you for sharing your story!

    • Dave Pettigrew on March 31, 2021 at 10:47 am

      Great verses there Suzanne. He cares so very much for us!

  2. Bruce on March 31, 2021 at 6:31 am

    F”ear” can H”ear” because it has an “EAR”!

    • Suzanne on March 31, 2021 at 7:26 am

      AMEN

    • Patti S on March 31, 2021 at 10:45 am

      I Love that!!!

    • Dave Pettigrew on March 31, 2021 at 10:46 am

      Good one!

    • Suzanne R on March 31, 2021 at 2:32 pm

      I like that.

  3. Patti S on March 31, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    I love how Scripture intersects with my work.
    And I am thinking I might have written something similar in another post.

    But, what I think of………………Fear and anxiety come from things in the future or the past, not in things in the present. When fear and anxiety come it is because we bring the future or the past to the present.
    Mindfulness is to be in the moment. Not an easy thing to do, but very powerful.

    We can only breathe for the present moment. Each breath keeps us grounded to the moment we are in.
    Thus, in Scripture God promises to provide in each moment.
    It’s us learning to be in step with Him.

    Because of Him

  4. Sherri H on March 31, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    i heard this little acronym about fear the other day
    fear=forget everything and run OR…..
    fear= face everything and rise!!!
    which do you choose????

    thought that was pretty cool -made me stop and think

  5. Peggy F on March 31, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    He feeds the sparrows, and tells us , Are you not worth more than these sparrows ?~! Trust and believe His promises ! Phil 4:19 And my God, ” shall supply ALL your need, according to HIS RICHES in glory by Christ Jesus “!!!! Amen !!!

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