Day 12

sparrows and kings

from the sparrows and kings reading plan

Matthew 6:25-34

BY Hayley Morgan

Text: Matthew 6:25-34

“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
– Matthew 6:27

Sometimes I think I’m doing some sort of good by worrying. If I’ve got something rattling around in my head, at least there is some movement and action. But this is surely a false sense of productivity. Worry does nothing but exhaust us.

In this passage, I can almost hear Jesus speaking directly to me. I can see myself sitting in the crowd, trying hard to keep my mind on the sermon and off my to-do list and other life stresses.

(I am a homegrown stressball, born and bred. I come from a long line of people who think worrying is making a dent in the situation.)

Jesus asserts truth in three ways here—
1. He asserts truth through a command (telling us DO NOT worry),
2. He asserts it through logic about important and elementary things (Can you even add an HOUR to your life?),
3. And He appeals to natural law (the birds and the lilies, each totally taken care of and beautiful).

I can be tempted to think of myself as very important in this whole partnership between God and me. If I’m not seeing action on His part, it’s very likely my flesh will start striving and my spirit will become exhausted from the toiling. The lilies neither toil nor spin, they don’t overwork or show off, they don’t worry. Jesus points out to us that even the most beautiful parts of creation are here today and gone tomorrow. Yet, there is such great care.

How much more does He care for us? He created us in His very own image, He saw our sin and loved us so much He made a way for us to be with Him again. So, let’s seek this lasting thing, the thing that doesn’t burn away. Let’s keep our eyes on the Lord and trust Him to care for us as He’s already shown Himself good to do.

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181 thoughts on "sparrows and kings"

  1. Alexandria says:

    When I step back and focus on how I should not be anxious because I have God I feel peace! It’s the need to do this more frequently!

  2. Lisa says:

    I think about how much anxious thought goes into what to eat and what not to eat today because of the growing awareness on unhealthy products, chemicals -the craze for natural everything. And not that it’s bad to give attention to that, but even that should not become precedent over seeking his kingdom. It shouldn’t create worry and anxiousness in our hearts and yet I know that many days it does.

  3. Kimberly says:

    So thankful our God understands us so well and addresses the issues that concern me daily. I will keep this verse before me today, But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you as well.

  4. Bobbi says:

    I worry way too much. This really helped me out today

  5. Carrisa says:

    I also tend to be a worrywart.

  6. Carrisa says:

    I’m still a kid, but I have a feeling that I’ll struggle with this when I get older.

  7. Ellen Adams says:

    Well dang. This comes after a long day of stressing out at work. Convicting in all the good ways!

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