Mat 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Brother Jim’s Understanding:
1) Therefore I am telling you, do not be anxious and concerned about the things of life like eating, or drinking, or having clothes. Isn’t your life about more than eating, and your body about more than wearing clothes?
2) Therefore I command you, do not be in fear about your life, worrying (fearful) about what you will eat or what you will drink; or even worrying about what clothing you shall wear. Isn’t your life, your existence, created to be more meaningful and important than only about food and your body created to be more meaningful and important than only about what you will wear on it?
How often we scurry around, concerned about how we are going to make our household budget; worried and concerned about being able to buy the next pay period’s groceries and replacing worn out clothing, or clothing our children are growing out of. How are we going to make the house repairs we have needed for so long? Our jobs are unsatisfying, our boss is…whatever our boss is.., our vehicles are in disrepair and near the point of being junked, our house is in need of fixing in numerous ways, and we scurry about, hurrying and worrying. We are so caught up in chasing after the things of life, the needs and necessities, that we generally forget how important life itself is.
When a parent gently tells a child to do something, it is a polite and kind way of commanding the child to do it. Here, we know LORD Jesus only spoke that which He heard our Father say. LORD Jesus is gently giving us the command of His Father, our Holy Father: Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.
Precious reader, our LORD Jesus Christ is not just telling us this would be a good idea, a preferred way of living, or even what He would like us to do. Our LORD Jesus Christ is giving us a command from our Heavenly Father: Therefore I am telling you, do not be anxious and concerned about the things of life like eating, or drinking, or having clothes. Therefore I command you, do not be in fear about your life, worrying (fearful) about what you will eat or what you will drink; or even worrying about what clothing you shall wear.
The general command is: STOP WORRYING. STOP BEING IN FEAR ABOUT YOUR NECESSITIES AND PROVISION.
Dear and precious child of GOD, is not your life more than chasing after what you are going to put in your belly and what you are going to put on your body? Isn’t there more to your life than this?
Please consider, the most important thing about life is LIFE. Our LORD Jesus Christ IS The Way, The Truth, and The Life.
What is worry and why is it an important issue?
Continually worrying is continually choosing to not believe GOD, and continually choosing not to believe GOD’s WORD. Worry is the refusal to believe GOD Loves you, and the refusal to cast your cares (burdens) on the LORD Who cares for you (Loves you and desires to carry your burdens for you). Worry is the refusal to accept the LOVE of GOD, your Heavenly Father, and the provision He has for you, His dear child. And finally, worry is sin.
Repent of worry (change your mind and turn away from worry and turn toward GOD) for the Kingdom of GOD (the Righteous and Loving rule of GOD) IS at hand. GOD will exercise dominion over what you worry about when you simply repent of your worry and leave the burden with Him. DO NOT be like Lot’s wife! DO NOT LOOK BACK to see if GOD is picking it up for you. Trust Him. Only look forward into GOD’s Loving and Glorious Face.
You are a sheep, and LORD Jesus IS your Perfect, Holy, and Great Shepherd. You are not created to carry burdens, you are created to wear and grow in the ‘wool’ of the Love and Glory of Almighty GOD your Holy Creator.
Remember, Dear Child of GOD, though you may have a job, it is not your job that provides your needs; though you may have and be living with parents, it is not your parents that provide your needs; though you live under the jurisdiction of a government, it is not the government that provides your needs; though you may go to shelters or a ‘church’ for help, it is not the shelter or church that provides your needs. Dearest and most precious Child of GOD, it is in fact Almighty GOD, your Loving and Holy Father Who Sees and Provides (Yehovah Yireh) your needs, and He does so according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus our LORD, Who came that YOU may have LIFE, and that you may have that LIFE more abundantly.
Php 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Be blessed, dear readers. Be blessed dearest and precious Child of GOD.
All Scripture is given in the KJV.