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 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. 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 ESV
It turns out worry isn’t a 21st Century issue. Two thousand years ago, Jesus’s disciples were prone to worry too.
Worry is rooted in control. Essentially we’re asking the question, How am I going to make this all work out? How am I going to put food on the table for my family? How am I going to buy new sneakers for my kids whose feet keep growing at an alarming speed?
The questions we fret over today are based on very real needs, but worry blocks our awareness of our very real God.
This is what Jesus was telling His friends: See Me! See My Father! See how We care for the birds and the flowers and the sheep. We delight even more in taking care of you.
If worry is wreaking havoc on your heart and mind:
- Reread today’s passage from Luke 12:22-34.
- Write down 3 things you’re worried about today.
- Write down 3 ways you’ve seen God take care of you in the past.
- (Share in the comments if you’d like!)
- Praise God for His faithfulness and that He is in control… so you don’t have to be.
Sisters, you are so loved.
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