Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Do not worry. That is a really loaded statement. Everyone at one time or another has worries. There are many different kinds of worries that people face. How will we feed our children? How are we going to pay those bills? When am I going to die? In Matthew it is a pretty clear statement it says “Seek God and seek righteousness and everything else will come.” God also tells us to have faith that he will provide us with everything we need. No, this is not an easy thing and at times we all have or will doubt his word. If everyone would take the time to share Gods word then more people may find the reasons not to worry. You never know how they may be listening or even watching you. The bible, your Pastor, a good friend, or a relative may be the one who helps you. They may even show you the way by their actions in life. So just remember on this day to have faith and believe in God and most of all “Do Not Worry” it is in God’s hands.
O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works, give to us, Your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey Your commandments and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
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