Jesus said, “Do not worry, about your life…,” (Matt 6:25). He was not talking about having concerns for keeping an appointment, or running errands, but worries that cause anxiety, and having apprehensions about the future.
Rabbis were trained in the art of the question, so in the next sentence we see the rabbi in Jesus, for He asked this question, “Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” The answer is yes, of course it is. The question is designed to cause you to think, “If God has given me life and a body, certainly will He not give me food and clothing.” If that is your thought, you have taken the first step in overcoming worry.
Jesus gave three reasons why we can trust God to provide: The birds, the lilies and the grass. The birds don’t sow, yet God feeds them. The lilies have more splendor than Solomon. The grass is here today and gone tomorrow. Arguing from the lesser to the greater Jesus asks, “Are you not much more valuable than they” (26)?
How does one not worry? Follow Jesus directive, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,” (33). The word “seek” means to make the Kingdom of Heaven the center of one’s daily priorities. Draw on God for your daily needs, and in so doing your will find no need to worry, for your needs will be supplied.