Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan?
And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the lilies of the field grow: They do not labor or spin.
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord replied, “you are worried and upset about many things.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
But he who is married cares about the things of the world—how he may please his wife. 1st Corinthians 7:33
Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life,…. Since ye cannot serve both God and “mammon”, obey one, and neglect the other. Christ does not forbid labour to maintain, support, and preserve, this animal life; nor does he forbid all thought and care about it, but all anxious, immoderate, perplexing, and distressing thoughts and cares; such as arise from diffidence and unbelief, and tend to despair; which are dishonourable to God, as the God of nature and providence, and uncomfortable to men:
what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. The several and the only things, which are necessary for the support and comfort of human life, are mentioned; as meat, drink, and clothing; Eating and drinking are necessary to preserve life; and raiment, to cover and defend the body, from the injuries of the heavens: and having these, men have everything necessary, and ought herewith to be content; nor should they be anxiously thoughtful about these: for
is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? And yet, God has given these without man’s thought: and since these are better, and much more excellent, than food and raiment, as all must and will acknowledge; and God has given these the greater gifts, it may be depended upon, that he will give the lesser; that he will give meat and drink; to uphold that valuable life, which he is the author of; and raiment to clothe that body, which he, with so much wisdom and power, has accurately and wonderfully made.
(25) Take no thought.–The Greek word some times thus translated, and sometimes by “care” or “be careful” (1Corinthians 7:32-34; Philippians 2:20; Philippians 4:6), expresses anxiety, literally, the care which distracts us.
The changing fortune of words has now made it weaker, and it would be better to substitute “over-careful” or “over-anxious.” The temper against which our Lord warns His disciples is not that of foresight, which merely provides for the future, but the allowing ourselves to be harassed and vexed with its uncertainties. To “take thought” in the modern sense is often the most effectual safeguard (next to the higher defence of trust in God) against “taking thought” in the older.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
In Luke (Lu 12:29) our Lord adds, “neither be ye unsettled”—not “of doubtful mind,” as in our version. When “careful (or ‘full of care’) about nothing,” but committing all in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving unto God, the apostle assures us that “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Php 4:6, 7); that is, shall guard both our feelings and our thoughts from undue agitation, and keep them in a holy calm. But when we commit our whole temporal condition to the wit of our own minds, we get into that “unsettled” state against which our Lord exhorts His disciples.
Matthew Henry Commentary
6:25-34 There is scarcely any sin against which our Lord Jesus more warns his disciples, than disquieting, distracting, distrustful cares about the things of this life. This often insnares the poor as much as the love of wealth does the rich. But there is a carefulness about temporal things which is a duty, though we must not carry these lawful cares too far. Take no thought for your life. Not about the length of it; but refer it to God to lengthen or shorten it as he pleases; our times are in his hand, and they are in a good hand. Not about the comforts of this life; but leave it to God to make it bitter or sweet as he pleases. Food and raiment God has promised, therefore we may expect them. Take no thought for the morrow, for the time to come. Be not anxious for the future, how you shall live next year, or when you are old, or what you shall leave behind you. As we must not boast of tomorrow, so we must not care for to-morrow, or the events of it. God has given us life, and has given us the body. And what can he not do for us, who did that? If we take care about our souls and for eternity, which are more than the body and its life, we may leave it to God to provide for us food and raiment, which are less. Improve this as an encouragement to trust in God. We must reconcile ourselves to our worldly estate, as we do to our stature. We cannot alter the disposals of Providence, therefore we must submit and resign ourselves to them. Thoughtfulness for our souls is the best cure of thoughtfulness for the world. Seek first the kingdom of God, and make religion your business: say not that this is the way to starve; no, it is the way to be well provided for, even in this world. The conclusion of the whole matter is, that it is the will and command of the Lord Jesus, that by daily prayers we may get strength to bear us up under our daily troubles, and to arm us against the temptations that attend them, and then let none of these things move us. Happy are those who take the Lord for their God, and make full proof of it by trusting themselves wholly to his wise disposal. Let thy Spirit convince us of sin in the want of this disposition, and take away the worldliness of our hearts.
There is a fine balance to almost everything in life. I am fully persuaded one if the principles of success is keeping the major areas of life in proper balance. To do this, we need a Godly perspective beyond our own finite view.
We need to realize that we are not the center of the universe. It’s understandable when a 3 yr old thinks that not a 23, 33, 43 or anyone of full maturity to hold this worldview yet it is easy to slip into the me first movement. Preferences are one thing while petty demands and scarcity thinking are another.
Jesus, His Father and the Holy Spirit are a Godhead of abundance yet see the need to test their creations at times with trials (that’s you and I).
What Christ is sharing here, from my perspective, is that we error when we major on the minors. We waste precious time and mental resources by worrying about simple stuff. The most important things aren’t things, they are invisible. Let’s be about that.
God is faithful and going to provide so long as we are about living for Him, working diligently and serving others. No doubt. His promises are true. This is first because He loves and cares for us and second because they are fundamental principles He embedded into the DNA of nature. We reap what we sow and He so loves His own.
The wise Paul give us some awesome council here in Philippines 4:11-13 , “I am not saying this out of need, for I have learned to be content regardless of my circumstances. I know how to live humbly, and I know how to abound. I am accustomed to any and every situation—to being filled and being hungry, to having plenty and having need. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
When strive to find proper perspective, maintain a sense of balance in the key areas if life, apply His principles, go with the flow and speed of God, rest in the peace of His abundant love, courageously use our gifts, develop our skills and wrap it all in prayer…we need not worry for we shall prosper
It’s s definitely not healthy nor productive as Jesus tells us herein to worry. I believe its okay not to be satisfied and we good ti strive for more and better. Regardless we need to always be content while counting it all joy. We are content if we have the bare essentials and He will see to that.. especially when we look to Him.
Life is much more than food and clothing.
LORD, You reign sovereign yet give us space to create, prosper or fail. We can trust or not. We can worry or not. Help me be the faithful and trusting sort.