Scripture Reading: Psalm 23-24
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
No thought—doesn’t mean recklessness or no planning. Care, anxiety, uneasy worry, distracting care, an unsettled state over earthly concerns, as though you’re on your own. Harassed and vexed with uncertainty.
Life—soul, higher things as well as lower.
Romans 8—Spirit intercedes, all things work for good, nothing separates.
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Behold—observe, consider. Birds are dumber than you, yet they’re doing fine!
Cubit—add a moment to your life span. Flowers are dumber than you, yet they look nice!
Little faithed ones—in contrast to Jesus who just doesn’t get disturbed by storms and what’s happening with the money, etc.
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Seek—pursue as the main object of life. Afraid of death, battling for theirs with a massive insecurity that’s never satisfied. Gentiles—not God’s chosen people He made promises to. Father knows—do you trust Him? You trusted your dad when you were a kid to provide food and clothes, how much more your heavenly Father?
Seek kingdom and righteousness—not earthly things, this is the heavenly treasure.
Sufficient unto the day—each day has worrisome things in it, if you worry about tomorrow you’ve doubled your anxiety level! Worried about tomorrow? Do what’s right today!
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Moderstion—forbearance, gentleness, fair, suitable, proper, mild.
Prayer—talking to God. Supplication—asking out of need. Requests—petition, asking for what is required. Thanksgiving—a sure mark you are free from care. Worried people cannot simultaneously be thankful.
Peace—calm, repose, tranquility, opposite of anxiety. Keep—guard as a garrison of defense.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Think on—continual regard for, act on them, recommend them to others. Not one who is walking around spreading your anxiety and crankiness to everyone around you!
Learned, received, heard, seen—Paul taught it and did it himself. Recommends the same for us. It worked for Paul; it can work for you. Do—practice, the fruit of doing righteousness is peace, peace of God and God of peace is the result.
We worry because:
1. We mind earthly things not heavenly
2. We don’t trust the provision of the Father
3. We don’t seek the kingdom first and his righteousness
4. We don’t pray
5. We don’t think about the right things
6. We don’t do the right things