Anybody who has taken their First Aid course and obtained the certificate and put it on their CV is in deathly fear of one thing: that they’ll ever be called upon to use it.
For the believer who says, “God is faithful”, it can be a bit like that. You can say it, but do you use it?
When the pressure is on, do your actions and do your words look and sound like “God is faithful”?
Test yourself, against the words of our Lord on the Mount,
Mat 6:19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;
Mat 6:20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
There is great temptation to fill our savings.
But is your life a pursuit of heavenly currency?
Only if you truly believe God faithful.
Mat 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
This next one, everyone struggles with.
Before looking at the verse, answer this: if I tell my child, “do not touch”, do I mean it? Or do I mean, “try not to”?
Funny, we want to do that sometimes with what our Lord says.
When our Lord says “do not”, I don’t see “unless”, “except when”, “not if”. “Do not” means do not.
So, we need to hear Him when He says,
Mat 6:25 "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Do not worry.
Worrying is the most fruitless of human activities.
It produces nothing, yet costs you much.
Worrying is utterly unproductive.
Mat 6:27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
Can you worry if God is faithful?
Now, you will be saying, “I know I shouldn’t.”
Then comes “but”, and excuses.
Can we agree there are no excuses?
Worrying is bad for your health, but it’s much worse than that.
It is disobedient.
And it is even worse than that,
Mat 6:28 "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
Mat 6:29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Mat 6:30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
It’s a faith issue.
When you worry, that is an affront to God.
That is a faith statement.
The statement is: “I don’t trust you”.
Worry, above all, dishonours God.
Mat 6:31 "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
Mat 6:32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
Your Father knows.
Your Father is faithful.
Can you see how worry undermines trust, faith, confidence in God?
Mat 6:33 … seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Mat 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the
morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.
Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.