Posted by: Brad Beaman | December 10, 2007

Sermon on the Mount: Don’t Worry About Tomorrow

Most of us know worrying about something is not going to help matters any. One poor misguided soul did not see things this way. He was lying on the couch talking to his therapist and told him, worrying works for me. He said ninety-nine percent of the things I worry about never happen.

During the Sermon on the Mount Jesus tells us not to worry, Matthew 6:25-34. In this passage three times Jesus tells his disciples not to be anxious, not to worry. 

Worry is Futile

Matthew 6:25-27 “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 important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

Worry is empty and gets you nowhere. We need to learn to trust God. He gave us our life and he will sustain it. An example is the birds of the air. Birds don’t plant any crops. Birds do not store any food in barns or silos. Birds do not shop at supermarkets and they don’t use refrigerators or freezers. Each new day they must hunt and gather food, yet they don’t seem to worry. They are up every morning singing joyfully.

Can you imagine a scene in the bird nest where Momma Bird asks Papa Bird, What’s wrong Papa why aren’t you sleeping?

Papa bird says, “I’m worried. We have three newly hatched chicks in the nest. How can I sleep when I do not know what we will do if I can’t find any worms tomorrow?

Matthew 6:26 says, 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

The term used for a having a “nest egg” stored did not come from the birds. They do not store anything. God takes care of them each day. Be like the birds and “Don’t Worry be Happy” (blessed).

Jesus cares for the birds, how much more for you? You were made in the image of God. You were created with purpose and not hapless chance. God designed you and has a special purpose and plan for you.

One man worried so much that when he went to the dentist that he left his car in a no parking zone, so he could worry about not getting a ticket, and take his mind off worrying about the dentist visit.

Worry is futile because it doesn’t change anything. You can’t lengthen your life through worry. If anything doctors will tell you it would shorten your life. Worry produces no profitable results. God knows the need.

There are two things you should never worry about:
1. things you can’t change
2. things you can change

Faithless
Jesus used the same penetrating words that he spoke to the disciples after He calmed the storm, do you still have no faith? Here it was “Oh, you of little faith.”

Faith and worry are on the opposite ends of the spectrum. If you are overcome with worry, that is a sure indicator that you are not doing well in the faith department.

Matthew 6:28-30 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies 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, O 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.

We should recognize God’s providential care. Faith is trusting God to provide. God is so great, so loving, our lack of faith sends a signal we don’t really believe that.

Jesus said; don’t worry about what to wear. God will take care of that. But what about the high price it costs to purchase clothes. Isn’t that justification to worry? No. We probably struggle less today to meet our basic necessities than ever before.

Look at the lilies of the field, they don’t labor or spin, yet they are clothed in more glory than Solomon. Read 1st Kings or 2nd Chronicles about the splendor of Solomon. Queen Sheeba came to see Solomon and his glory and she said, “Behold the half was not told to me” 1 Kings 10:7.

Solomon in his entire splendor was not clothed like one of the Lilies of the field. Look at the beautiful flowers. They simply depend on God for rain, sun minerals. They don’t strive for those things. God provides them all.

If God clothes a plant, will he not much more cloth you? Trusting God is the heart of Jesus message. We need to exercise faith to grow in faith, like a muscle.

Worry is Worldly

Matthew 6:31-32 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.

The world spends all their energies running after material needs. We can easily find ourselves acting like the world. There is a saying; some people eat to live others live to eat. Worldly people let their attention rest on physical needs and pleasures and luxuries.

Jesus wasn’t teaching that we are to give no concern to these things, but rather we are not to live. The point is that we are not to live as if these things were all that there is to living. The spiritual aspect is most important.

Priorities

The remedy for worry is not to take two aspirin and call the doctor in the morning. To confront worry and anxiety we seek God. We put God first and we move from worry to faith. This is how we live by faith instead of becoming overly worried about the future.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

All these things are added. Our basic needs are food and clothes. God knows what you need. God is sufficient to provide. We must put our trust in Him.

Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

This was a verse I really had to come to grips with when I worked as a material planner for Quaker Oats. My job was to plan tomorrow for the factory. There had to be enough sugar, salt, baking powder, packaging, shipping cartons etc, etc, but not too much.

I was primarily responsible to keep a giant warehouse filled with exactly what was needed for tomorrow. It was even harder because the projection reports of what we needed could be wrong.

I would get a call that woke me up at midnight telling me that the production line was down. I slept with the computer printout near my bed. I would tell them there is still a pallet of containers out there in that warehouse now go find them. When the production line was down the costs of losses were measured in the hundreds of thousands of dollars per hour.

There is no one who does not have something to worry about. We are all called to the same response to what it is we might worry about. Put God first.

Has worry dominated your life? Put an end to the spiritual schizophrenia. Don’t live having faith one moment and worry the next. To have a consistent walk with God you have to put Jesus Christ first in your life.

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Responses

  1. Great! very helpful! Thank you very much.

  2. Thanks pal, just what I need. Thank god for Jesus, he is the perfect Sheppard.

    • im a pastor may you be my friend.i need wonderful person like you to be my partner n the ministry.pls. response immediately thanks God bless

  3. thanks for the sermon i will stop worry i thought i could help my self but now i know

  4. It’s great how this sermon came upon me tonight, because I had spent the whole of today worrying about something. Seeking God has truly calm me down. This sermon is like a message from God telling me not to worry. Thank you.

  5. Many thaks and it is very helpful for me. God bless you

  6. Thanks that really help a lot I was even thinking about going to a counsorlor and im not even 13 yet.

  7. It was a very powerful message, I love the way you present it, and i can feel the presence of God with the annointing He has vestowed unto you.

    This sermon is refreshing and makes me realized that i have a Big God than my worries. Faith is what matters most…

    God Bless you Brother.

  8. I am a believer of Jesus Christ and i ask for his guidance everyday. I also ask my Father to help me to have the courage to have more faith. I was curious about your story as described by you about your job with Quaker Oates and if i am being honest , as i was reading it I can’t help but left wondering how did you overcome worrying about your responsibilities . The story ended without you saying what transpired in your duties as work? It ends with “the production costs were left in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.. ?? Did your faith come through during your work period there? It just says that you use to sleep with the print out near your bed.. please respond with what finally happened.. blessings to you

    • Hi,

      Thanks for the question.

      I had mentioned that “There is no one who does not have something to worry about. We are all called to the same response to what it is we might worry about. Put God first.”

      I left that job at Quaker Oats not too long after I was sleeping with the production reports. I did not leave the challenge in my new situation to not worry and put God fist. That goes with me if I am at Quaker or in a very different situation.

      I still face the challenge to walk by faith in very different circumstances, I have to place my work, health and family in God’s hands. That is what we all must do.

      In Christ, Brad B

      Matthew 6:33


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