Alfred E. Neuman the caricature on Mad Magazine had a famous saying, “What, Me Worry?” He wasn’t worried about anything. Mankind has the opposite problem especially when it comes to wondering how they will survive. Jesus gives a very insightful look on the difference between how we attempt to take care of ourselves and how God sets up provisions for those who trust, have faith in, and follow His Word.
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry 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? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” Matthew 6:25-27
This is all about the provisions of which God enable us. Did not God give us the knowledge to plant, grow, and store food. Does he not provide the seed, the animal, the fertile land, and all things to nourish our bodies? Because of man’s laziness and greed we have become reliant on others to produce the fruits, vegetables, and grains. If we are poor in money, we cannot eat.
God’s provisions are not meant for man’s greed.
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” 31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:28-34
Yes we worry too much.
2ooo years ago, all they worried about was basic survival. In this day and age of social media we are inundated with so many different things to worry about and with the advances in technology the worry and fear just got worse. Our entire lives are digitally recorded. For military and civil service, our DNA is on file at the federal level. Reputations can be ruined with a keystroke. Financial woes make us slaves to the banks and other institutions that control money. The desire to have material things has never been greater.
To fully get back to God we need to reflect on what Jesus told the rich young ruler, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21
What we lack is the ability to do this.
As I mentioned before, we have it much worse now than they did then. People have become total slaves to the dollar which means our lives are owned by the banking systems. We are always on the look-out for the next way to entertain ourselves and take our time away from God. The Media clouds our minds and we have preachers that desire our attention on them and not God. Those preachers entice the weak minded Christian into believing they can save them but you gotta pay them. Basically we are toast without God. Solution? Let’s ask Jesus what He knows…..
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. Matthew 19: 24-29
Basically, trust in the Lord our God alone and live. Trust in the ways of man and die. Any Questions???????????????????????????????