HOST: Michael Whitworth
And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
We often think of the creative role of God—the God who spoke the world and everything in it into existence in an amazing display of His transcendent power and wisdom. But God’s involvement in this world did not end there. Jesus portrays God as the caregiver of His creation. It is He who feeds the birds of the air and arrays the flowers of the field in colorful glory. He sustains and provides for the world and its inhabitants in a way that is not just sufficient, but abundant and beautiful and perfect. So what is the point of this description of God as care-giver of the world? Have you ever considered that, of all of God’s creations, we are the only ones that worry? We—the centerpiece of God’s wonderful creation, made in His own image, recipients of His love and greatest gift—have no reason to worry, yet we do. But God is a faithful God. He loves us and will care for us. If we put Him first and trust Him with our lives, He will bless us and provide for us in greater ways than we can imagine. So trust and don’t worry!
What are some things we can do to minimize our worry?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!