Solomon wrote, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad” (Prov. 12:25). In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus provides a good word to His people. There are many things in life that consume are thinking and can weigh us down. The pressures of these things can cause a strong sense of fear, anxiety and worry. As citizens of the Lord’s kingdom, the people of God are called to live in total dependence on the Lord, which means they are to trust Him in all matters. This includes the worries of life. Three times in this passage Jesus says, “do not be anxious” (vv. 25, 31, 34) clearly indicating an important emphasis. The three-fold repetition of this command provides three reasons why the believer should not worry.
The first reason why the believer should not worry is because of the Father’s Provision (Matt. 6:25-30). By arguing from the lesser to the greater, Jesus demonstrates the Father’s provision for the birds (Matt. 6:26) and the lilies of the field (Matt. 6:28-30) as a proof of His provision for His people. The Lord cares for animals and nature, but He His care for humans is greater for they are created in His image (Gen. 1:27).
The second reason for not worrying is because of the Father’s Promise (Matt. 6:31-33). The Father knows all that we need, so as we “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness“, He promises to grant us what we need (Matt. 6:34). To seek His kingdom and righteousness means to pursue those things that conform to His will.
The final reason why we ought not to worry is because of the Father’s Plan (Matt. 6:34). Only God knows what will happen tomorrow so we must rest in His sovereign plan.
Anxiety is something we all battle with. Despite the reality of the constant cares and concerns of life, it is wonderful to know that we have our Heavenly Father loving us and caring for us according to His Holy will.