A.W. Tozer wrote, “What comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” If we think correctly about God, we will live lives of peace and confidence, but if we do not think correctly about God, our life can be full of anxiety. If we think incorrectly, we will always wonder how God might act—will he punish us or comfort us? But if we think rightly about God, we will realize he is the true and good Father he says he is. In this section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus will teach us the relationship between peace and thinking rightly about God.
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What do you value? What do you treasure? One of the ways Jesus combats anxiety in our life is by questioning what we see as most important. In America, we are bombarded with all sorts of messages that promise us a peaceful life. And yet, the things we add to our lives that we think will bring us peace only brings us more anxiety. How can changing what we value change our life?