25 aFor this reason I say to you, 1do not be bworried about your 2life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

26   “aLook at the birds of the 1air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?

27   “And who of you by being aworried can badd a single 1hour to his 2life?

28   “And why are you aworried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,

29   yet I say to you that not even aSolomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.

30   “But if God so clothes the agrass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? bYou of little faith!

31   “Do not aworry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’

32   “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for ayour heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

33   “But 1seek first 2His kingdom and His righteousness, and aall these things will be 3added to you.

34 “So do not aworry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will 1care for itself. 2Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I’s easy to worry when we face uncertain times. It’s easy to worry when we are jobless and when we have a family to feed. If we seek God first, then He will provide for us through many different methods. The one thing that He did not promise us was riches. The Lord provides us with what we need and not our every want. I believe that the Lord enables people to have more so that they can help people who are in need. If a Christian knows of a another person’s needs and hordes his/her wealth, then that Christian is not doing what God has enabled them to do. The cancer of worry can lead to envy, and envy will lead to greed. The Gentiles Jesus spoke about were always seeking self gain by their own power. When we fall prey to worry, it will lead us to a point where it will rob us of being a cheerful giver 2 Corinthians 9:7 because we are too focused on ourselves instead of focusing on Jesus.

Let us be mindful with all our blessings and always be willing to help our neighbors when they are in need. Let us always seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness first; let us always be mindful to the Holy Spirit and how God is working in our lives.

Jesus told us, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” So why worry? Jesus also provided us comfort, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” When we focus on God, then we will see how all our trials are just temporary in the life of eternity. These hardships are overpowered when we see Jesus and His glory. We will praise God for all His blessings and use what God has enabled us with to be a blessing to someone who is in need.

2 Corinthians 8:1-5 (New International Version)

Generosity Encouraged

1 And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. 5 And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.

aMatt 6:25–33: Luke 12:22–31

1Or stop being worried

bMatt 6:27, 28, 31, 34; Luke 10:41; 12:11, 22; Phil 4:6; 1 Pet 5:7

2Lit soul

aJob 35:11; 38:41; Ps 104:27, 28; Matt 10:29ff; Luke 12:24

1Lit heaven

aMatt 6:25, 28, 31, 34; Luke 10:41; 12:11, 22; Phil 4:6; 1 Pet 5:7

bPs 39:5

1Lit cubit (approx 18″)

2Or height

aMatt 6:25, 27, 31, 34; Luke 10:41; 12:11, 22; Phil 4:6; 1 Pet 5:7

a1 Kin 10:4–7; 2 Chr 9:4–6, 20–22

aJames 1:10, 11; 1 Pet 1:24

bMatt 8:26; 14:31; 16:8

aMatt 6:25, 27, 28, 34; Luke 10:41; 12:11, 22; Phil 4:6; 1 Pet 5:7

aMatt 6:8; Phil 4:19

1Or continually seek

2Or the kingdom

aMatt 19:28; Mark 10:29f; Luke 18:29f; 1 Tim 4:8

3Or provided

aMatt 6:25, 27, 28, 31; Luke 10:41; 12:11, 22; Phil 4:6; 1 Pet 5:7

1Lit worry about itself

2Lit Sufficient for the day is its evils


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