Sunday, February 17, 2008

Do Not Worry About Your Life

A couple of week's ago I posted on a passage from Oswald Chamber's book "My Utmost For His Highest" and I chose another passage for this morning. I really enjoyed this message, it is really what I needed to hear this week. I hope you enjoy it too.

First we will read Mathew 6:25-34

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

January 27th Message By Oswald Chambers - Look Again and Think

Do not worry about your life . . . Matthew 6:25

A warning which needs to be repeated is that "the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches," and the lust for other things, will choke out the life of God in us (Matthew 13:22). We are never free from the recurring waves of this invasion. If the frontline of attack is not about clothes and food, it may be about money or the lack of money; or friends or lack of friends; or the line may be drawn over difficult circumstances. It is one steady invasion, and these things will come in like a flood, unless we allow the Spirit of God to raise up the banner against it.

"I say to you, do not worry about your life . . . ." Our Lord says to be careful only about one thing-our relationship to Him. But our common sense shouts loudly and says, "That is absurd, I must consider how I am going to live, and I must consider what I am going to eat and drink." Jesus says you must not. Beware of allowing yourself to think that He says this while not understanding your circumstances. Jesus Christ knows our circumstances better than we do, and He says we must not think about these things to the point where they become the primary concern of our life. Whenever there are competing concerns in your life, be sure you always put your relationship to God first.

"Sufficient for the day is its own trouble" (Matthew 6:34). How much trouble has begun to threaten you today? What kind of mean little demons have been looking into your life and saying, "What are your plans for next month— or next summer?" Jesus tells us not to worry about any of these things. Look again and think. Keep your mind on the "much more" of your heavenly Father (Matthew 6:30).

I hope you have a beautiful Sunday! We are headed to church and then just a quiet Sunday at home getting some things done around the house and spending the day together.

Love Sharon


Feathering My Nest said...

Thank you for this reminder. What a blessing we have; we don't have to worry! How wonderful to be able to take every concern to our LORD!

I like your song. Thanks for your kind and sweet comments on my blog. I love you. Kathi

A Romantic Porch said...

Sharon, Thank you for the beautiful reminder. Casting all my care...xo Rachel

nannykim said...

Wow--I was just think how much easier it is for us to do this in the wealthy USA. We have some college kids from Hatti (sp?) and people at times have to spend so much time and energy there just on food and water. And I think of Dawn--a blogger whose son is married to a Kenyan and the Kenyan's are suffering much from the attacks of revolutionaries and food has become unaffordable. We need to do what the people in Paul's day did---help feed Christians in need.

Kelly said...

I learn so much from you!
What a wonderful post!
Gods word is good.......


Candy :) said...

Love this post :)

Sarah said...

We heard this scripture in church on Sunday. It always makes me think of the manna from heaven given to the Israelites. They could only take what they needed for that day and couldn't store it up or else it went rotten. If we store things up for ourselves we stop relying on God and start relying on what we have.

Great post, I really like Oswald Chambers.


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