God is fully trustworthy. But we have not fully trusted in Him. We have believed a lie about Him and the way He cares for our needs. So we seek out other things to fulfill us. When these things fail us, we worry. The only way we will be able to overcome all worry is to fully trust in the Lord. The Psalms are so helpful because we see that God took David through a very difficult training course called 'Trust.' Here we see the way he learned God's great faithfulness.
We cannot fully trust God if we trust in those things around us. In order to trust Him, we need to entrust our possessions and situations to the Lord. We need to seek the Lord's will first. As we do this, we realize that the Lord is the One that can really help us.
25 "For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life ...
31 "Do not be anxious then, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'With what shall we clothe ourselves?'
32 "For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.
34 "Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. [Each] day has enough trouble of its own.
This simple step of bringing our specific needs properly before God is actually rather strategic. Jesus states the truth of God to encourage trust in Him. We will see this instructive "don't be anxious but trust" pattern three times here in Matthew 6.
Do not be anxious (6:25-30)
God takes special care for you.
You can trust Him.
God is reliable.
Do not be anxious (6:31-33)
Since God cares for you, you can live greater and better lives when you focus on seeking His kingdom first and His righteousness.
All our needs will be cared for.
Do not be anxious for tomorrow (6:34)
God designed us to live one day at a time.
We can plan but not worry.
A procrastinator worries so much about tomorrow's tasks, that he does not get done today's jobs!
God designed us to live one day at a time. We can plan but not worry.
|George Mueller chose to rasie orphans to show how God could provide for those who sought Him in the then modern world. He purposely did not tell people of their needs but only ask God. In the end, he regularly cared for more than 2,000 children, supporting many overseas missionaries, etc. He testifies that those who seek the Lord first, everything they will need will be given to them.
Sometimes they would be close down to nothing for several weeks or even a month, but in the end God always showed Himself faithful.
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you." Matthew 6:33.