4.6.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 64. Confidence.

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” – Matthew 6:31-32

Jesus continues to chat about worry here. Maybe it can be defined as one of the different stages of worry. Bibleref states this:

If worry was ever a good option, it would be when the circumstances of our lives are at their worst. Isn’t it time to start worrying if you don’t know where your next meal or clothing is coming from? If not then, when?

That’s part of Jesus’ point in this passage. If that is not a good time to be fearful it means there is never a good time to be fearful. For the people who call God Father, worry is never the appropriate response to life. Human nature tempts us to fear, and to have anxiety, but it’s not how God wants us to feel. As unrealistic as that sounds to many of us, that’s the level of confidence He wants His disciples and listeners to have in their Father in heaven. It’s a matter of trusting both God’s ability and His willingness to provide for us.

Jesus has taught that God is both able and willing. We know God can provide because He feeds birds and dresses flowers. We know God is willing, Jesus has said, because His children are far more valuable to Him than birds and flowers (Matthew 6:26–29). Will we trust Him with the most basic, bottom-line questions of life?

It’s important to notice two things about Jesus’ teaching here. First, He is not promising His followers that God will provide lavish lifestyles on this side of heaven—He only says God will meet their needs. Second, Jesus is not telling His followers to stop working or planning or spending wisely. His teaching here does not mean we should sit wherever we are and wait for the world to feed us.

Two really important points. But…the line that stood out to me here is this, “that’s the level of confidence that He wants His disciples to have in the Father.”

Oh….conviction comes again here. Our confidence needs to be in the Father. Not in ourselves, the world, our jobs, our abilities…all of that is great but our confidence is in the Father. In His provision for us. All the time.

How confident are we in the Father?

8 Comments

  1. Bruce on April 6, 2021 at 6:25 am

    As I was reading this, I had to smile, because the image of Alfred E. Newman saying “What, me worry?” popped into my mind!

    • Suzanne R on April 6, 2021 at 9:28 am

      Lol

    • Peggy F on April 6, 2021 at 11:52 am

      Ha , Good one Bruce, at least for those of us who even remember Alfred E Newman l!!!!!!Ha Ha!!!!!
      it reminds me of sitting in a rocking chair..going back and forth, back and forth, ……it gives us something to do ….but gets us nowhere !!!!!!!! Ha Ha

  2. Suzanne on April 6, 2021 at 6:29 am

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.
    Philippians 4:6-7

    Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
    1 Peter 5:7

    Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
    Luke 12:22b-23

    • Suzanne R on April 6, 2021 at 9:29 am

      love Phil. 4 :6-7

    • Peggy F on April 6, 2021 at 11:59 am

      Isn’t it cool, Suzanne,! how we never run out of all the promises He gives us!!!! So many !

  3. Peggy F on April 6, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Jesus had said before this many times, that He has come, to bring the kingdom of God ! And we are to start that eternal journey, right here , right now, to live ” walking in the kingdom, seeking only His righteousness ! To put Him, His Word first………………He wrote for us every promise in His word, and all of them are true ! and will manifest in our natural world! when we believe and put them into practice.

    Joshus 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do, according to all that is written in it……..Then…………you will make your way prosperous and you will have good success.

    Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding, In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct her path.

    Phil 419 /And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

    Matthew 6:33 But seek first, the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.

    Jesus wants us to trust His Father , who He told us is Our Father, who is in heaven, Hallowed by Your Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth, as they are in heaven, give us our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and deliver us from evil. For thine is the power, the glory forever and ever again. !!!!!
    Amen! No Worries !!!!!~

  4. Sherri H on April 6, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    amen to all above and lil laughter too , yes God in His infinite wisdom gives us ALL that we need thank you Jesus for everything 🥰

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