Matthew 7: 25-34 is a commonly quoted passage of scripture. If you’ve grown up in the Church like I did, you’ve probably heard it, read it, and memorized it at least a dozen times. Despite the repetition, God’s word is alive and jumps off the pages to get our attention exactly when we need it. This happened to me a few days ago.
Before I begin sharing, let’s have a look at Matthew 7:25-34.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
As I read these verses, a line of scripture I never seemed to notice before caught my attention: for the Gentiles seek after all these things. Worry, fret, and a complaining spirit mark unbelievers. Yet all too often, we as Christians look and act as if we don’t really believe there is a God that loves us, knows us, and is working on our behalf.
Earlier in this passage, Jesus compares storing treasures on earth to storing treasures in heaven. He says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Ch. 6 vs. 21)
How we respond to our unmet needs and wants reveals two things: the desires of our heart and where we place our trust. In need of a heart check? Just ask yourself what consumes your thoughts, time, energy and money.
Friends, God’s glory is at stake by the way we live. Are we making Him known as our sovereign provider and faithful father? Are we making the most of every opportunity to make God known by allowing Him to meet our needs? Are we living as if we really believe God is alive and active in our lives? Are we seeking His kingdom first?
For some of us, trusting God may mean being obedient to give financially in the midst of (what seems like) unmet needs. For others, this may mean saying yes to something God’s been calling you to for years that requires a level of dependence beyond what you even think possible. And for many, this may mean boldly giving God the glory for His past provision and proclaiming His future provision among unbelievers. Whatever it is, I challenge you to live a life set apart from worry. We serve a faithful father that never changes. Test Him in this; Yahweh desires to move in your life & in your circumstances.