Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink,[j] or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 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? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?[k] 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But strive first for the kingdom of God[l] and his[m]righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
We all carry weights like doubt, shame, and grief. These can get in the way of our relationship with God and with one another. Fear and anxiety feel like the order of our day. But Christ reminds us that worry only puts the burden of our life on us, rather than on God, who is eager to provide. In learning to focus on God, rather than ourselves, we are relieved of stress and worry. [hear sermon audio]
This week, take some time to go deeper. Use these scriptures and questions to reflect in your devotion time.
Texts to read:
Questions to ponder:
- What do you worry about most?
- What might that worry be trying to tell you?
- How do you spend your mental energy? Thinking more about yourself or others?
Do and share:
- Name something that causes you anxiety. Lift it in prayer this week and make a plan. Ask God for the strength to commit to your plan and see it through. Every time you feel yourself start to worry, remind yourself there is a plan and you’ve given it to God.
- Share your worry prayer request on Facebook or Twitter (@dpumc).