It is very rare that I re-blog former posts, but this afternoon I sense that there are persons who need this word of encouragement.
I originally posted this on August 7th, 2011 under the title, “The Best Remedy for Worry About Your Basic Needs”.
I hope it is a blessing to you today and strengthens your faith
THE BEST REMEDY FOR WORRY ABOOUT YOUR BASIC NEEDS
Worry – “To torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret; to torment
with cares, anxieties etc.”
Yesterday morning I went into my Mum’s garden to check the guava trees for ripe guavas.
As I approached one of the trees, a beautiful black bird with orange eyes and orange legs caught my eye.
The bird was perched on a branch looking around and enjoying the beauty and tranquility of its surroundings.
As I moved closer, the bird briefly glanced at me then turned its head and continued to look around.
I went inside, got a camera, came back out and took its picture and it still remained on the branch looking around, seemingly without a worry or care in the world.
As I observed the bird in its calmness and serenity, I thought to myself, you know what, I have never seen a stressed out bird.
I have never seen a bird burdened down with worry and care over where it will sleep or get its food………Have you?
This brought to mind the scripture in Matthew chapter 6 where the Lord spoke about worrying.
In verses 25 and 26 Jesus states:
“Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?” (Amplified Bible)
Pause and think about that for a moment.
If God, your heavenly Father makes sure that the birds are fed, will He not take care of your needs as His child created in His image and purchased by the precious shed blood of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ?
Why then do you worry?
Does it help you in any way?
In verse 27, Jesus states,
“And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?” (Amplified Bible)
Continuing to address worry, in verses 28-30 Jesus states:
“And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. [I Kings 10:4-7.]
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Amplified Bible)
Pause and think about that for a moment.
If God, your heavenly Father clothes the lilies and grass of the field that is here today and gone tomorrow, will He not clothe you,His child created in His image and purchased by the precious shed blood of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ?
Jesus continues in verses 31-34
“Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?
For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.” (Amplified Bible)
So what then is the best remedy for worry about your basic needs?
Verse 33 holds a key.
“But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.” (Amplified Bible)
The best remedy for worry about your basic needs is to prioritize God’s Kingdom and His righteousness then to have faith that when you do this in obedience to His Word, He will supply those needs.
To say it another way, the best remedy for worry about your basic needs is to prioritize God’s way of doing and being in all areas of your life and to believe that because you are doing this in obedience to His Word, that He will be faithful to keep His Word and supply all of those needs.
New Living Translation (NLT) puts verse 33 this way:-
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
So when the world, flesh and the devil try to bombard you with worry about your basic needs, remember the birds, the lillies and the grass and prioritize God’s way of doing and being and have faith that He will provide all that you need because of your obedience.
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