Bible Study Lesson from Matthew 6:25-34
In these uncertain economic times and, with the state of the world in chaos, it would be ludicrous to say, “Don’t worry.” This Bible study from Matthew answers the question; “What did Jesus say about worry?” and I was enlightened by these verses. I hope you will be too.
In reality, we are worried and stressed about jobs, other nations, the direction our country is taking and other matters over which we have little control.
Exactly What Did Jesus Say about Worry?
I hope studying these verses will help simplify your life a little. With God, concerns in our lives turn out better than without Him.
What Jesus Says about Worrying
“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 not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not worth much more than they?
And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? – Matthew 6:25-27 NASB
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Are You Worried about Something Today?
Why We Worry
Here are just a few of the things we are concerned about on a nearly daily basis:
- What about my bills and credit card debt?
- What about my health?
- What about my relationship with wife/husband?
- What about my job?
- What about my standing in the community?
All these things are important and have to be dealt with but Jesus says not to spend all our time worrying about them.
If we focus on what has not yet happened, we might miss the joy we could have today. I once read a quote that still stands out in my mind. It reads;
“Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”
Definition of Worry:
I looked up the word worry in the online dictionary and found some interesting (and amusing) definitions for the word. Here is what I discovered for the word “worry“..
- to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret.
- to move with effort: an old car worrying uphill. –verb (used with object)
- to torment with cares, anxieties, etc.; trouble; plague.
- to seize, esp. by the throat, with the teeth and shake or mangle, as one animal does another.
- to harass by repeated biting, snapping, etc.
- noun. a worried condition or feeling; uneasiness or anxiety.
- a cause of uneasiness or anxiety; trouble.
- act of worrying.
- Fox Hunting. the action of the hounds in tearing to pieces the carcass of a fox.
Waste or Progress
Planning for tomorrow is time well spent; worrying about tomorrow is time wasted.
You know, even though most of these definitions for worry are about different subjects, many of them could apply to our own lives when worry takes hold.
We do sometimes feel as if we are “moving with effort” as an old car or even get the feeling we are being torn apart because of our anxiety.
I know I’ve felt that way from time to time. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference.
What Good Comes from Worry? What Did Jesus Say about Worry?
Jesus tells us that worry will steal away our happiness and keep us from pursuing more important goals; especially the goal of establishing our relationship with God.
He says a person can worry for years and still not “add a single hour to his life“.
I don’t remember who, but someone once told me that worrying about a task is almost always worst than doing it.
This has stuck with me through the years and I try to draw from it in times of difficulty. Martin Luthor says to “pray; and let God worry.”
What about Planning for the Future?
As a person who has been in business for over 30 years, I am a huge believer in planning.
I also believe that planning for the future helps to relieve some of the pressures and stress that comes with uncertainty in life and thus eliminates some of our worries.
So, planning is not a bad thing. Casual planning is thinking ahead about goals, steps, and schedules, and trusting in God’s guidance. When done in the right way, planning can help alleviate worry.
That ugly word – Fear!
Worriers, by contrast, are consumed by fear and find it difficult to trust God. They let their plans interfere with their relationship with God.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33 NASB
Don’t let worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today. Plan for the future but live life richly for God today.
God is real – Worry is something that might or might not happen.
Love in Christ
If you would like to learn more about how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to go here to read John 3:16.
Read Today’s Verses Here:
New American Standard Bible
New King James Version