“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 than food, and the body more than clothes? 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. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Matthew 6:25-34
This week, we’re walking through a series of teachings and discussions to help us navigate how to trust God in every area of our lives, rather than give into fear and anxiety.
In today’s teaching, Marc helps us understand the context of the fear that the disciples experience when they are navigating through a storm on the Sea of Galilee. The storm was serious, and their fear was real. Yet Jesus compares His worried followers to pagan Gentiles: “The pagans worry after these things, but not so with you. Why? Because your God is your Father, and He’s going to take care of you,” (Matthew 6:32-34, paraphrased).
Question:What are you worrying about? Can you trust that God’s got you? Can you relax? Can you live in a state of staying relaxed, not worrying or being anxious?
Family Chat: Can you think of an example of what it looks or sounds like when someone is scared, unsafe, or out of control? Can you give an example of what it looks or sounds like when you see someone trusting God?
Take Action: Confer with your life group or accountability partner(s) about the things you are facing this season that are causing undue stress and anxiety.
Family Challenge: Place a jar labelled “Trust Fund” in a common area of your home. Each time you notice you or someone else in your family feeling anxious about something—whether it’s real or imagined—discipline yourself to write a note and place it in the jar that starts with something like this, “Jesus, I choose right now to give You what I’m worrying about, ______________, and I trust You with the outcome.” Sign and date it. When the jar is full, take some time as a family to read the things on the notes and talk about how you felt about the situation at that point in time—and how you are feeling currently.
Modified Challenge: If you want, place a monetary value on the note, $1 or 25 cents or whatever would be appropriate, and add money to the jar each time you catch yourself worrying about something. On the day you take account of what’s in the jar, use the money in a way that will bless someone else. For example, if there’s, say, $10 in the jar, use it to make or buy cookies, and deliver them to a neighbor.