Consider the lilies of the field…
When Jesus spoke about anxiety, He taught us that we are called to trust a very generous God. If God clothes the fields with grass and feeds the birds of the air, how much more will He be generous with us, His image bearers? It’s a lesson that’s not as much about the importance of our level of trust as it is about Who we are trusting and how generous He is with all of His creation.
Jesus also compared the way of the Gentiles, and their gods with them, to the way of the Lord. The Gentiles worry because their gods are ultimately powerless. The people of the Lord don’t need to worry because our God is both Creator and Sustainer. He called everything into existence and by His will we continue to live and breathe and have our being. So why would we fear starvation or worry about having clothes to wear?
It’s likely that none of us are afraid of death by starvation or exposure to the elements. We’re more likely to fear getting a painful diagnosis, being unable to afford our car payment, or needing the money to put our kids through college. Thankfully, God knows about our worries and He has already given us the cure. Instead of worrying, we’re told to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.”
Seeking doesn’t mean we have all the answers. As anxiety knocks on the door of our thoughts over and over, we can quiet those knocks by shifting our focus from needing answers about our own well-being to trusting that God has our best interest at heart. He never stops working for our maximum good.
When we seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, we’re walking in the footsteps of Jesus who “for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame” (Heb. 12:2) for the sake of the Kingdom that’s not built with hands because Jesus knew the Father is good and His mercy endures forever.
Quieting those anxious thoughts means trusting God so much that we turn from worry about ourselves and turn to wondering how we can honor God and His people.
This video from The Bible Project further explores the biblical concept of Generosity.