Wednesday, November 19, 2014

don't worry

This is Jesus speaking here, during a long teaching he gave that is often called "the Sermon on the Mount" Those 3 chapters (5, 6, & 7) are FULL of all kinds of meaty stuff.

Matthew 6

 "That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life;

         whether you have enough food and drink,

         or enough clothes to wear.

Isn't life more than food,

     and your body more than clothing?

26 Look at the birds.

       They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns,

        for your heavenly Father feeds them.

And aren't you far more valuable to him than they are?

 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

  28 "And why worry about your clothing?

       Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow.

       They don't work or make their clothing,

       29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.

30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow,

        he will certainly care for you.

       Why do you have so little faith?

  31 "So don't worry about these things,

          saying, 'What will we eat?

          What will we drink?

          What will we wear?'

32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers,

        but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

33 Seek the Kingdom of God* above all else,

        and live righteously,

        and he will give you everything you need.

 "So don't worry about tomorrow,

        for tomorrow will bring its own worries.

Today's trouble is enough for today.

My mischievous nephew, Aaron Barth, once told me an immense truth...

He told me once that he'd been studying these verses.

And then he said,"ya know, you only have to read the first part - "don't worry about your life" - all the rest of it is just illustration.

yeah, all we really have to absorb is the kernal of truth - don't worry about your life.


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