Do Not Worry
25 “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? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 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? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
When Jesus said not to worry about what to eat or what to wear, it was gender specific, food for men, and fashion for women.
Memorial Day literally looms in the corner and I find myself being blasted with countless store deals about what is the current offering. Get this outfit here… You need this for the Summer… Pair it with this one and on and on… Closet full of clothes, nothing to wear. Sound familiar? I am a Christian woman but I am not exempt from the tug of this world. However, when we choose to, we have the power residing in us to resist.
“Baby, what’s for dinner?” Sorry to sound cheesy but in my household, both my husband and I are nicknamed Baby. I know, we could have tried to at least find something original but that one came about naturally and it actually feels distant and strange when we both call each other by our first name. Weird but that’s how it is.
I can attest to the validity of “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” If a man calls home every day just to ask what’s for dinner, that’s proof enough. Truth is, I didn’t even have a clue how to really cook when I first met my husband. I didn’t woo his affections through my cooking per se but God is so merciful that at least, if we follow instructions/directions, not only with things in general but also with the spiritual through God’s Word, we can have the hope of success in what we’re doing. There is hope for everyone.
Back to what Jesus said, “Do not worry.”