Don't Worry Facts for 3-8 Year Olds (Part 1)

(Matthew 6:25-30)

Categories: Sermon on the Mount

  • Since the disciples have made the commitment to serve God, Jesus says, “…take no thought for your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.”
  • “Take no thought” really means “don’t worry.”
  • Worrying shows a lack of trust in God to provide for our needs.
  • Jesus is calling on them to be committed disciples who trust in God and allow God to provide for them.
  • If God gives “life,” He can surely support that life.
  • If God gives bodies, He can surely clothe those bodies.
  • Jesus says, “Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?”
  • If God can do the greater things, like life and bodies, then He can do the simpler things like food and clothes.
  • Jesus 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.”
  • Birds don’t plant food; they don’t water their gardens; they don’t do any kind of harvesting; they just eat. Every day, and often!
  • Birds work hard; they just don’t worry about anything.
  • The reality is that if God can take care of them, which is very difficult, how much easier is it to take care of people who do work, plant, water, and harvest?
  • Here, the argument goes from the lesser to the greater. If God can care of birds, He can take care of his children.
  • His children are more valuable than birds.
  • Jesus asks, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
  • Worrying doesn’t add to our lives at all.
  • Some translations have “add one cubit to your life span.”
  • A cubit is generally 18 inches in length. No one can add inches to his/her life or height.
  • Let’s talk about the lilies. What do they contribute to their own beauty? Nothing.
  • They don’t toil; they don’t spin; their life is brief, yet they have a glory beyond the historical glory of Solomon.
  • Again, “If God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace. Will He not much more surely clothe you, O men of little faith?”
  • “Men of little faith” are those who fall short of what is expected.
  • God provides so tenderly for the lilies whose lives are short-lived.
  • How much more will He care for his children!