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Are You Not of More Value Than They?

Weekly Devotionals

Are You Not of More Value Than They?

Matthew 6:25-30

25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to 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, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 

Just this past Summer, my family and I moved apartments for the first time in over 6 years and we left the apartment complex we moved to when we first arrived in Korea 8 years ago.  We moved for various reasons and I thought I was at peace with the decision. However, the night before the move, I was woken up by a massive panic attack.

Since I thought I was at peace with the move and the panic attack was so bad, I had no choice but to cry out to God asking Him what was the cause of my anxiety.  What I came to realize is that I had developed quite an attachment to my house and my life in Banpo. I was really going to miss it.  Questioning what the cause of this panic attack helped me to identify that there is a great tension and division in my heart between the things that I love.  I’m not saying that it is wrong to love our homes.  Rather, for me, the panic attack brought to my attention my divided heart – that there are other things that I treasure other than My heavenly Father and His Kingdom.  There is a general duplicity in my heart even about what I think God should do for me – provide me “blessings” and experiencing Him and what it really means to follow in the footsteps of His son, Jesus, which are two very different things.

I think it’s common for Christians when they read Matthew 6 25-31, to suppress our worries and how we are feeling at the moment. I know I do this.  While living in deep denial and suppression of my worries for most of my life I’m seeing now more soberly that I worry about almost everything.  Mercifully, I don’t believe our heavenly Father is saying: “Thou shall not worry” in this passage.

Instead, I believe that our Father wants us to face these worries and uncover the root of each one.  Without doing this, we can never identify and surrender all the different things that are competing against seeking Him FIRST.  So I encourage you, the next time you find yourself worrying, take encouragement from the passage, but instead of trying to turn the worry off, turn to your caring heavenly Father and work out the cause of your worries.  You’ll find that He is more than willing and able to help you because He truly does love you.