22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27 “Consider how the wildflowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:22-34
This has always been one of my favorite sections of the Bible. I often go to it when I begin to worry about life. It’s so facile to get caught up in worry. Watching the news of awful events around the world, getting overwhelmed by the fear of an impending storm, our own daily struggles at home or at work, or the recent death of a loved one; all of these trigger worry. We pick up these worries and carry our burdens until we are inundated by them. We no longer are moving forward and become paralyzed, inwardly focused, unable to love and help one another. Yet, Jesus has instructed us not to worry about our lives. He knows, however, that we will worry and so He goes on to express in this passage how He provides all of the needs to His animals, wildflowers and even the grass! Moreover, Jesus also says that we are much more important than they are. He continues in verses 25 and 26, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
In 1 Kings 17, God has sent Elijah away to the Kerith Ravine to care for him during the drought. Verse 6 states, “The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.” God did not provide a 5-course meal, yet He gave Elijah all the nourishment he would need to survive the drought. God had plans for Elijah. God has plans for us. Do not worry about the things of this earth; focus on your Heavenly Father and He will provide all of your needs. It may not be in the pretty packaging that we hope for, but He does provide to those who have put their faith in Him.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you that You do provide all of our needs. Thank you for Your Word that nourishes our soul while here on earth and provides hope for the future with You in eternity. Lord, I close this prayer with the chorus of a song by Bread and Wine, “Let your love come in like a rushing wind. Saturate my heart and soul again.” May we be saturated with Your love today, so that we can pour it out onto those around us. In Your precious Son’s name, Jesus. Amen.