There are many times that while watching TV that I see commercials from different phone companies that are trying to get you to transfer your plan to them. They begin to run deals, claim to have better coverage, and present all the benefits you get when you make a contract with them. When I ask, “Who is your provider?” the thing that comes to mind is cell coverage. If you do not have a good provider, you will most likely switch to a new cell plan, or at the least, find yourself complaining about your coverage.
When it comes to your life, I want to ask this question, “Who is your provider?” Is it God or Worry? Worry is the universal disease of the day. It seems like everywhere we turn we worry, worry, and worry. Matthew 6:26-34 we find Jesus preaching the famous Sermon on the Mount. It is by far the greatest sermon ever preached because it came from God himself. Jesus taught on many things, from Matthew 5-7 which is where the Sermon on the Mount is found, in this portion of Scripture. Things such as: attitudes of Christians, being a light shining forth the gospel, murder, anger, divorce, forgiveness, loving our enemies, giving, prayer, and fasting are all topics on which Christ spoke.
In Matthew 6:19 we see Jesus warning about the danger of materialism. He warns us not to be materialistically focused, but rather heavenly focused. Right after that, Jesus then speaks about this thing of worry. By using the word therefore in verse 25, He bridges these two topics together, showing us that a materialistic life often brings about worry!
It is said:
Here are three recognitions we need to live a worry free life:
Jesus captures our attention in Matthew 6: 25 (I challenge you to open your Bible and read this passage along with reading this post) and focuses on the primary cares of our life- what we eat, drink, and wear. Advertisement often focuses on getting something bigger, better, and newer than what you have right now. Self-indulgence is what our culture is all about, and so no wonder why there is so much anxiety and worry today. I heard Pastor Dean Miller from Mississippi say, “America has lost their mind in materialism. We are sacrificing our family on the altar of materialism.” I fully agree with that statement! It is amazing how many times myself and how often I encounter people whose focus is all about today and what the world has to offer. Christians will miss church on Sunday for a family gathering, sports game, and many other reasons. The usual reason I have heard is because they made a commitment to the sports team so I have to miss church, I have to keep that commitment. Wait! What about your commitment to God? So because we are focused on the earthly and not focusing on the heavenly things we usher in this thing of worry into our life.
Often the focus of worry in our life can be summed up in two words in the form of a question: What IF? What if I:
Next we must recognize
2. The Forgetting in Worry (vs. 26-30)
Jesus, who is the master illustrator, gives us illustrations that we need to remember and look at in the midst of our worry. One illustration He gives is that of the birds. From the smallest to the largest of birds we see each morning, when they wake up, they know that they are going to be feed by the one who created them, God. The birds demonstrate God’s care for the lower creation and thus we who are a much higher creation can be assured of His great care. They do not have to fret and worry about what they are going to eat because they know who their provider is.
We forget that God, our Creator, cares for us. Philippians 4:19 says, “My God shall supply all your needs,” and Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart.”
If you have forgotten this in the midst of your worry, look to God and remember He has not forgotten you and will not leave you or forsake you. He will not give you the second best in life, He will give you the best according to His will! The good news is that He has not forgotten about you. Get your focus on God who is your provider, and do not let worry be your provider. (Ps. 23:1, Jer. 29:11)
Lastly we recognize
3. The Freedom from Worry (vs. 31-34)
The Bible does not just show us problems without offering solutions to the problems. Worry is a lack of trusting in God, and when we trust Him we find our worry subsides. In vs. 32 we find that God is already aware of what our needs are. He has everything under control. How do we get freedom from our worry?
Seek God first and leave the secondary matters to His providential care!
Who is your provider? Is it God or Worry? If it is worry then turn to God and trust Him with the burdens and weights you are facing in life today. Each day let us ask ourselves, “Who is my provider today?