Matthew 6:25b Take no thought for your life,
Just before this verse the Lord taught us how to pray. Nowhere within that prayer was there one line concerning life. There is give us our daily bread but since Jesus is the bread of life, then that too oculd be seen as give me Jesus every day.
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Seems like a conflict of interests doesn’t it? In everything is an all consuming arena. That takes into account life concerns, things we are told not to think about.
Matthew 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Fowls of the air are taken by predators all the time. In this we are not all that different. Ah, but the birds aren’t given His spirit.
Perhaps it is this gift from God that allows us to do what they cannot, give thanks in the middle of our tribulations.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
He said we will have tribulation, and He has proven himself right, we do. Being of good cheer in the midst of that it on us, it is not given to us as other gifts, it is up to us to respond with thanksgiving.
He didn’t say it would be easy, but giving concern to our lives blocks the answers to our prayers and supplications.
Ungrateful is such an ugly word.