Money Matters: No Worries

“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?” (Matthew 6:25)

People become preoccupied with money in two different directions. Jesus already addressed the first — our want for more money, our desire to store up treasures for ourselves, to get all we can out of life. Now he deals with the other.

money_350Sometimes, people can’t stop thinking about money because they don’t have any. At all. They don’t know what they’ll eat tomorrow. They don’t know how they’ll replace their kids’ clothes that are two sizes too small. They don’t know how long they’ll make it.

Jesus wants them — us — not to worry. What? When would be a better time to worry? We’ll see that Jesus’ point is that money doesn’t provide for us. God does. The Father that created life and made our bodies still loves us. Money can only buy food and clothes. The Father takes care of His kids.

Think: Are you tempted to think it’s realistic for Jesus to tell people not to worry about money? Do you ever think of your need for money as on opportunity to trust your Father more?

Pray: Ask God to help you to trust Him enough not to worry about money.

Do: Know anyone in financial trouble who might be worrying about where they’ll get money for food and clothes? Ask God to provide for them — and to help them not to worry.