“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?“
Oswald Chambers in “My Utmost for His Highest” refers to “common-sense carefulness” as “infidelity” in the life of a disciple. He goes on to say that Jesus asks us to consider where God comes in with our priorities. He continues on and says that it is not the Devil that chokes the Word of God out of our life; it is the cares of this world.
When we worry, we are basically saying that we cannot trust God for His provision, protection, or ability to meet our needs in some area of our lives. We are therefore denying the sovereignty of Almighty God. Additionally, we are inadvertently saying that God does not care about the little things in our lives. But even the hairs on our head are numbered (Luke 12:7). What we should do instead is to trust God in every area of our lives. The word Chambers uses to describe how Jesus says we should respond is “abandon” (italics in the original).
A prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You cared for us so much that in provision for our sins that You sent Your one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to be crucified so that our sins would be forgiven. You have shown us that You care about the most important challenge we face – That you are a Holy God, and perfection is Your standard. Father, help us to remember in even the most minute areas of our lives, that You have taken interest and greatly desire to provide for our every need. Perfect in us the mind of Christ, that we would be completely yielded to you, and in our surrender to Your perfect will, we would abandon our concerns for ourselves. Help us to seek first Your Kingdom – Your perfect rule and reign in our lives, that we may in confidence know that all of these other things will be added to us. This we ask in the precious name of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.