27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Anxiety is a bigger problem in our society today than it has ever been. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, nearly 20% of the U.S. population has a diagnosable anxiety disorder. As those who deal with regular anxiety attacks can attest, anxiety can be a crippling issue. Moreover, it is not only those who have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder that deal with regular anxiety. To one degree or another, we all have dealt with the pain of anxiety. What help does Jesus offer us?
It is not my desire to diminish the rightful role of a physician’s professional care and the wise and appropriate use of medication. However, I think it is good for us to fight anxiety not only with the professional care of a physician, but also with the promises given to us by the physician of our soul. In this passage of Scripture, Jesus gives us five truths for us to employ in the war against anxiety.
1. Worrying will not help you. (v. 27)
2. God will care for you better than he cares for the beautiful lilies of the field. (v. 28-30)
3. Those who worry are those who do not trust in God. (v. 32a)
4. God knows about all your physical needs. (v. 32b)
5. As you seek the things of God, God will provide for your every physical need. (v.33)
In the gospel, God has become our Father who looks to care for our every need. Do we believe that God is good? Do we believe that he cares for us? Do we believe that he will provide for our needs as a good and loving Father?