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. Luke 12:22-31
Don’t misread today’s verses. They are not a license to do nothing and wait around for God to provide your every need. What Jesus is telling us is not to spend time worrying about worldly things. All the worrying in the world will not put one spoonful of food on your table or one stich of clothing on your back. All worrying will do is take time away from being productive and quite possibly affect your health.
Jesus also tells us that all the worrying we can do will not add one hour to our lives. In fact it may well take a few off. Think about it. If you live to be 70 years old you will live approximately 613,872 hours. Over 600,000 hours and you cannot add even one. When we worry we make ourselves ineffective. If we worry too much we can find ourselves unable to do anything. The sad thing about worrying is that most of what we worry about is beyond our control
God will provide for our needs. He will provide our needs not our wants. He gives most of us the ability to earn a living. He also provides the able bodied among us with the opportunity to help those who are less fortunate than we are. For those who have fallen on hard times we are to help them get back on their feet so they can help themselves and others. For those unable to work we are to provide for them. Not the government but us.
Jesus tells us that rather than worrying about the material things we need to seek, not worry about, God’s kingdom. When we become children of God then God will make sure we have our needs met. Will we be rich? For most of us the answer is no. But we will be rich in the only way that counts, the richness of being a child of God.
Have a blessed day,