How does Mathew 6:31–33 relate to our anxiety when making those big decisions on buying a car or home?

Matthew 6:31–33 relates to our anxiety in making big buying decisions about cars or houses by telling us not to worry about these things. God knows what we need. As long as we follow God, he will provide for our needs. This means we don't need to worry about cars or houses, but instead should focus on God.

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Matthew 6:31–33 reads, in the New International Version, as follows:

So do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

These verses have a direct relationship to our material purchases, such as buying a car or a home. Getting the money for such items can become an intense worry for us in modern society. A person might wonder, "How can I afford a car and a student loan payment? But how will I live without a car to get to my job? I have to take care of myself and not depend on anyone or anything, and I feel frightened and overwhelmed."

This kind of worry, Jesus understood (he is the speaker of these lines) can consume us and make us sick. It can also lead us to pursue unethical paths due to fear of not having our material needs met. The world certainly seems like a fearful place, full of people living in tents under overpasses or lining up for soup kitchens while dying of preventable illnesses because our health care system is broken. We might reason that we have no choice but to deal drugs or a take a job that our soul rebels against in order to survive.

Jesus makes a radical statement in response to this fear. He says not to worry. He says this is how pagans live, full of fear, running after material goods at all costs. But Jesus states strongly that this is wrong. He says we must trust that God has the world under control. God is present, he is here, he knows what you need. Jesus says to stay focused on God and doing what God guides you to do. Live in a way that is ethically pleasing to God, and God will provide you with everything you need. This takes a leap of faith, but Jesus promises we don't have to worry about it.

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