July 1 (Matthew 6:32)
… your heavenly Father already knows all
your needs. (NLT)
Don’t you hate it when people tell you not to worry about something? Telling someone not to worry is often something we say when we really do not know what else to say. It’s like saying, “How are you?” to someone at the grocery store. We aren’t really interested in the response and certainly don’t want to get into a long conversation. We just want to get the milk and get home.
Part of the reason being told not to worry can seem irritating is that the person saying it cannot help us with what worries us, and we both know it. Jesus, on the other hand, offers us no mere social nicety. He does not give us a platitude. In Matthew 6:25-34, He tells us not to worry, He points out how God cares for the needs of His other creatures, and then He makes it quite personal. He looks His disciples in the eye and says, “Your Father in heaven knows what you need.”
Do you honestly think your Father does not know what you need as well? This isn’t about sucking it up and pushing your worries down so deep no one well ever know just how scared you really are. This isn’t about blithely saying, “I’m a Christian, so I guess things will work out.” This isn’t about a system of faith or religion at all. It is about a person. God is a person. He is your Father. He knows you…yes, you. He knows what you need. He is aware of your situation. And He is the one telling you not to worry.
Copyright © 2018 by Steven R. Perkins