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. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 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 (Luke 12:22-24, NASB)!”
The ravens neither sow nor reap? I recently checked a nearby tree and I did not see any storage sheds on the branches to stockpile food. The ravens go out each day to obtain what they need. They depend on God to provide. So if a bird can do that, why can’t we? After all, aren’t we more valuable to God than the birds?
Yet we stockpile and store up for the future. We worry about having enough time and resources. We fuss over clothes, homes, vehicles and a host of other things in this material world. So much effort to trust in ourselves and our own provision when we should use that effort to focus on God. So why does it seem so difficult to rely on God? I wish I had the answer.
It seems a daily struggle not to get caught up in worrying about so many things. Concern for things like family and providing for others seem prudent. After all, Timothy 3:5 tells us: “but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?” We must be wise stewards of what God gives us. Jesus told us: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:19-21).”
Perhaps it is a heart issue. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” As we deepen our love for God our father, we are more willing to trust his provision. When we have a heart for God, we do not store up things for ourself, but for His Kingdom. What we have becomes God’s to use as he pleases. Surely part of that is to tend to our needs. I continue to work on not worrying about tomorrow and trying to put more trust in God to provide for physical, emotional and Spiritual needs.
© 2021, CGThelen
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:33-34).”