Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life…Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they…But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith…your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow…Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Jesus teaches the crowd about anxiety. What human in all of history has NOT dealt with being anxious, or worried, about something? Yet, Jesus is preaching that being anxious, worrying, is not something Christians should do! As a Christian, we have put our faith in Christ alone, no exceptions! I succumb to it, also. The New Testament teaches the same message about anxiety as Jesus teaches here. Christians are to trust God in EVERYTHING! But, Christians constantly worry, believing that, somehow, worry will “fix” any problem. Jesus used examples of animals that do not think on their own and, yet, God feeds them and clothes them. They work for they food by hunting, whether seed, fruit, vegetable, or another animal. They are arrayed in beautiful colors, feathers, fur, scales, skin. This fallen world has convinced many humans that we must take care of our own food, clothing, shelter and, transportation in this age. This world has, also, convinced many that “worldly” standards are to be set and followed to be “successful.” But, the Christian has a higher standard than “worldly” standards to live by. There is nothing wrong in planning an earthly future where one is able to live from a lifetime of savings, has provided for a family that needs food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and, maybe, even some earthly luxuries. But, our human needs must take a “back seat” to our seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness! Jesus is our Master, Groom to be, as well as Savior and Lord. Christians demonstrate their faith by looking to the Savior, King of kings and Lord of lords, for all their earthly and spiritual needs. God has promised that He takes care of His own! Why do we fall prey to the lord of this age and his demons, especially when we have God’s own picture of His goodness and mercy given to the animal kingdom? Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Source: S C Ball
January 17, 2023