- Sermon Notes
He Can Handle It
Intro: In good hands.
With so much to think about, it is often easy to let preparedness or good planning, turn into concern and worry. In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus began talking about the importance of living for an audience of one, in the things we do, say, and pray. We looked last week at the perspective Jesus would have his followers pursue regarding treasures on earth in light of eternity. His call is to store up treasures in heaven, understand what will truly last, rather than on earth’s temporary treasures that are so easily destroyed or taken away.
As He continues, Jesus directs our attention away from the worry we carry and toward His ability to handle the very necessities of life. Whatever circumstance you are facing today, He can handle it!
Read: Matthew 6:25-34
This section begins with “for this reason,” other translations begin with “therefore I tell you.” Anytime we see the word therefore, we can ask the question,
what is it there for?
It is referring to the previous verses in this chapter, all of which center on the importance of placing our priority on living for Jesus, rather than earthly treasure or praise. We can keep our eyes fixed and focused on Him, placing our treasure there and trusting that He who provides the birds with all they need, will certainly provide for you.
I. Do Not be Worried
Matthew 6:24, For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more that food, and body more than clothing?
- Jesus begins by saying, do not worry about the necessities of your life.
- The command, “do not be worried,” in the Greek, includes the idea of stopping what is already being done.
- Jesus says, do not be worried about your life, which includes any type of worry. While He follows with talking about the needs of our life, this statement encompasses all of the things we can worry about in this life.
- To worry, is to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts. The word worry comes from Middle and Old English terminology that means to strangle, bite, or harass.
- Essentially if you are worried about your life, it is only serving to bind you up.
John 8:36, If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Illus. Stuck in a fog.
- When it comes to worry, it starts with something little, but when we have more questions than answers, the worry begins to become greater.
- What we worry about is almost always quite small compared to the ground it covers in our minds.
- Worry will blur our vision and keep us from seeing and trusting the Lord.
Matthew 14:29-30, And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, Lord save me!
- There is much we can look towards, or set our minds on, but Jesus is saying that our priority should remain on eternal things because life is much more than food and clothing.
Illus. There’s more to this than entertainment!
- While we can easily become preoccupied with worry about tomorrow, or what it might hold, the Lord will supply our every need. He will work it all out.
A. Trust God to Provide
- Jesus continues by giving illustrations that point us away from worry and toward trusting the Lord to provide what we need.
- First, He points to the birds.
Matthew 6:26, Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
- Like every creature in all creation, God has given life to birds, provides for the birds, and He takes care of them.
Illus. A worried bird.
- While the bird may have been worried about a predator, it certainly was not staying up all night worrying. Certainly, they work for their food, but they always find what they need and the Lord provides.
- He also points us to the lilies of the field.
Matthew 6:28-30, And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you?
- Referring to clothing, Jesus uses flowers as a model.
- In Jesus’ day it was not uncommon to have one set of clothing. With one set of clothing, which is needed, certainly a person could worry about their clothes and if what they had was lost, how would they get more.
- Even Solomon, one of the most glorious kings the world has even known did not look as good as one of them.
Illus. MSN Money.
- What we see, is that the flowers and grass of the field are both beautifully clothed, yet they are alive today and tomorrow, thrown in a clay oven to make fuel for a fire…Today they are thrown into the yard debris.
Are you not worth much more than the birds? (vs. 26)
- Regarding birds: No bird is created in God’s image, birds are not heirs and co-heirs with Christ, given the promise of eternal life, nor do they have a place prepared for them in heaven.
- If the Lord provides for the birds, He will surely provide for you whom He has promised a hope and future.
Will He not much more clothe you? (vs. 30)
- If God brings about beautiful but short-lived flowers, how much more is He going to care for and clothe His children who are destined for eternal life?
And who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (vs. 27)
Dr. Charles Mayo: Worry affects the circulation and the whole nervous system. I’ve never known a man who died from overwork, but I’ve known many who have died of worry.
- Who can add a single hour? Nobody. In fact, a person can worry themselves to death, but not to life.
Illus. 10% increase, year over year.
- Jesus tells us not to worry about the needs, that God promises to supply. We have to trust that He will make a way.
Illus. A den of lions?
Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
- Whatever you are facing, He can handle it, you can trust in Him to provide without fear, anxiety or worry.
Psalm 46:1, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
- To be anxious and worried about these things shows little faith and Jesus calls it out.
- There are four other times Jesus uses the phrase “you of little faith,” and in every case it had to do with worry, clothing, or life span (Matt. 8:26; 14:31; 16:8; Luke 12:28).
- To make the focus of our lives worry and doubt about food and clothing is to show little faith in God’s ability to supply.
- We must have the faith and trust in our Lord, not simply with our eternal destiny, but with our needs. We trust Him to provide what we need both now, and for all eternity.
2 Timothy 1:12, For I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.
- Paul says I know Who I believe, not what I believe. What will get you through the darkest times is knowing not what you believe, but Who.
Illus. Want to try a trust fall?
- Jesus says, don’t worry about what you will eat, drink, or wear for clothing. This is how those who don’t know God’s care for them live.
Philippians 4:19, And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
- He will guard your life, He knows what you need, and will provide.
B. Cast your cares on Him
Matthew 6:24, But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. So, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
- What does this mean? It means to put God’s will and rule in your life first and all these things will be added unto you…You don’t have to worry, He can handle it.
- I don’t need to worry about tomorrow and what it will bring, I simply need to trust Him today.
Lamentations 3:22-23, The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
- We have grace, for tomorrow and each day that follows, all the way to eternity. But the grace He will give, His compassions that do not fail, the lovingkindness for tomorrow, He does not give us today, His grace will be sufficient tomorrow.
- His grace is needed and given, one day at a time. Trust Him with tomorrow, rely on Him today, He can handle it.
1 Peter 5:7, Casting all your anxieties upon Him because He cares for you.