And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
~ Luke 12:22-27
Jesus said, “I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.” Consider the ravens; consider the wild flowers. God feeds them; God clothes them. And you are much more valuable in his sight than birds and flowers. Trust God for your daily bread and bodily needs.
Because so many of us live lives of little faith, we are often filled with fear and insecurity. We toil and fret and hold tight what we manage to earn. We set our hearts on these things. We run after these things.
So many of us are often so preoccupied with “getting and spending [that] we lay waste our powers,” as the poet William Wordsworth put it. And in the process, we act like unbelievers.
There is a freedom that comes with trusting God. We can sell some of our possessions without fear of becoming poor, and we can give to people in need, becoming richer ourselves, with treasure in heaven.
May the Lord increase our faith for we are prone to worry. Give us a quiet, trusting, and loving heart, that we may remember people in need.