The Sin of Unbelief

March 6, 2023

“If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”  Matthew 6:30

At the root of worry is the sin of unbelief. This is why Jesus called the crowd in Galilee, “O you of little faith!” In this passage, He challenges us to stop, look around, and consider how God cares for His creation. Trees grow, flowers bloom, birds build nests and lay and hatch eggs…bears hibernate and snakes shed their skin…animals of prey are created with the ability to camouflage into their environment as protection from predators…and the list goes on and on. The faithfulness of God is gloriously displayed in the world He created. When God saw all that He had made on the sixth day of creation and said, “It is very good,” He meant it.

While sin has indeed marred and corrupted God’s perfect creation, we can still see evidence that He can be trusted to meet our needs. Jesus pointed to the grass, which is here one day and gone another, and used it to illustrate the absurdity of worry. If God takes care of grass, feeding it and clothing it with flowers, will He not feed and clothe us, His own children?

When we worry we doubt God’s goodness and His promises. We choose to believe that He is not who He says He is. In essence, a lifestyle of worry makes God out to be a liar.  Worry is a sin because it is rooted in a lack of faith. And without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). But with faith, even faith as small as a mustard seed, all things are possible (Matthew 17:20).

Does your life demonstrate a belief in the greatness of God?

Father, Help me to trust You more today. Open my eyes to see the evidence of Your faithfulness that is all around me. Give me the boldness to share my faith with others. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Topics: Sin

Bible Reference

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”