Scripture selection: Luke 12:22
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. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 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! 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? “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28If 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!
Of all the teachings of Jesus – this is one of my favorite ones.
Perhaps it is because over the years I have seen more people struggling, more people hurting, over the issue of worry than most other maladies.
Worry is relentless. Worry is unforgiving. Worry is a hard taskmaster. Worry plaques just about everyone I know.
And Jesus says it is a complete waste of time.
He’s right, of course.
Worry accomplishes nothing and robs us of so much. Maybe that’s why it’s one of the devil’s favorite tools.
“Consider” – with that one word – Jesus puts everything in proper perspective. Consider the ravens and the wild flowers. Consider the ongoing, never-ending love of God. Consider how God has promised that He will never leave us. Consider the amazing grace of God. Then see how big and important your worries are.
I know, it’s easier said than done.
But we are challenged, as kingdom people, to live life free of worry – not like the “pagans” who rush after so much that is so meaningless.
So consider – just consider – how God knows everything you need long before you do.
And stop worrying.