“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?