22 And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.
23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!
25 And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span?
26 If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?
27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
28 But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!
29 And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying.
30 For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things.
31 But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
32 Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.
33 “Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys.
34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Worry can really take its toll on a person.
Stress can be one of the worst factors on a person’s health. But life is tough. People hurt each other. Unfair decisions are made. Work demands intensify. With all the pressures we face, is it any surprise that anxiety and depression are constantly looming?
Of course, our worries do not surprise God.
He knew worry would be a struggle for us, and in His Word He gives us wisdom, direction, and comfort to deal with it. You can be reassured that God is here for you. And if He takes care of flowers and birds that aren’t lacking anything, how much more will He provide for us, His beloved children? But if God knows our needs and promises to deliver on them, then why do we live like that isn’t the case? With the angst of life becoming our focus, our witness projects something different than what our Creator intended.
This passage is one we should return to time and again when we feel the weight of the world bearing down on us.
• Does this passage give you a sense of peace? How do Jesus’ words make you less anxious?
• Where is your heart focused? Where is your “treasure”? Are you focused on things that will fade or the unfading promises of God?
• Praise God for His goodness, His provision, and His care. Thank Him for the specific ways that He has blessed you and provided for you and met some need you had this week.