³¹Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ ³²For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
When we read Matthew 6 verses 25 to 34 it becomes clear to us that Jesus wants his followers to be free of worries. In these verses He gives us at least 7 arguments to take away our fear.
Jesus mentions between the things not to worry about, food and drink.
And He continues to say: “Your heavenly father knows that you need all these things” (Vs. 32). God is our Father, and He will take care for us.
Our heavenly Father is much better than an earthly father.
I have two children, and I always loved to fulfill their needs, and if possible, even do above that. But as a father I fall short, if I compare that to the kind of Father God is for us.
- God exactly knows where we are, and in what condition we are. But at this moment I don’t even know where my children are. I can guess that they are at home, or at work, but I’m not sure about that.
God doesn’t only know where they are, He is continually with them, like He is also continually with you and me.
I can guess that they are healthy and safe, but I’m not sure about that. One of them also may have a heart attack, and lay on the ground on this very moment, and I will not know until someone informs me.
No, I can never be a father to them like God is to us
- God exactly knows what is in the heart of all of us. But I don’t even know what is going on in the hearts of my own children. Again, I may guess sometimes, but my guess can also be very wrong. They may feel fear, pain, anger, lust, greed, joy, or hope. I have no way to know for sure, unless they tell me. I can’t look into their hearts.
- God exactly knows what is in their and our past, in their and our present, and in their and our future. Well I may partially know what was in the past of my children, and partially know what is in the present, but I have no way to know what lays in the future. They may now seem to be good and stable, but tomorrow can come with great sorrow.
This all means, that in no way I could be a good reason for them, why they should not be worried. Unwanted or unexpected things may happen tomorrow, or maybe even today, and I cannot do anything for them, but pray.
This is completely different with our Father in heaven.
▪︎ He knows everything about all of us, about yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
▪︎ He knows everything about our outside, and about our inside.
▪︎ And He sees every need that we have.
Add this to the great desire of God to fulfill all our needs.
I already said that, although I’m a sinner, I always loved to fulfill the needs of my children, and even do above that. But so often I could not give them what I wanted.
How much more do you think God wants to, and will take care of His own..?!
And He is able to do all He wants.
In Matthew 6:26 we read:
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?
This verse does not only speak of God’s love, but also shows us His great ability.
He is worldwide feeding billions of birds per hour, besides the thousands of other animals that live free in the wild.
Now remember what we read in verse 32:
“Your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” !!
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