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“For this reason I say to you,” NOTE the connection to earthly and heavenly treasures. Now “for this reason” DON’T WORRY!
“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 than food and the body more than clothing? 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? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:25-27)
So Jesus says, “Stop worrying about earthly treasures!” This is your life—(eating and drinking) Look at the birds (26); God takes care of them. And note worry is useless (27). You can’t add anything to your height or years to your life.
“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? You of little faith!” (Matthew 6:28-30) Observe the lilies (28-29). If God takes care of them, He will most surely take care of you. Worry is faithless (30). When you worry, you take everything into your own hands, which is not trusting in God.
“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:31-33)
Seek His Righteousness of HEAVENLY TREASURES! Since God already knows your needs and is not surprised when something happens (or doesn’t happen) to you, seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all of these things (eating, drinking and clothing) will be taken care of by God Himself.
This is what is meant by “walking with Jesus.” It’s the principle of plenty.
The principle of plenty says that with God there is always enough. Without Him there is never enough! Trust God, enjoy the plenty. Trust anything or anyone other than God, and you will surely have a perpetual state of dissatisfaction! When you come to the end of yourself, then and only then will you come to the understanding that God is ENOUGH!
Look around you and be distressed. Look within you and be depressed. LOOK TO JESUS AND BE AT REST. That’s why he says: “Stop worrying!”