Consider the Birds of the Air

Matthew 6:25-34 (ESV)

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. 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? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 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? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, What shall we eat?’or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and 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, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Jesus reminds us here that God cares for the birds of the air, and the lilies of the field, and says that God cares for us, His children, even more than that. So why do we worry about what will happen in the future?

I think for me, I just look at what I want to be or I where I think I am going to be in the future, and try to imagine how to get there. I don’t worry or stress about it. I kinda take it as it comes. This does not mean that I am better or worse than anyone else, just different. God has blessed me with the ability to not worry. I know many who struggle with worry, and that seems a heavy burden to me. I am glad to not have that issue.

Jesus speaks of those who worry as being of little faith. Why would He say that? I think He wants people to let go of things that we cannot control, and let Him control them. If we know that He loves us, and that He wants only what is best for us, why should we doubt that He will provide? But He does not say to sit on our couches and let others take care of us. He says to be about the business of His kingdom, and His righteousness, then all that we need will be added to us.

As we have noted before, we humans hate to think there are things we cannot control, things we cannot do for ourselves. Letting go and trusting God is a difficult thing. But in another place, Jesus tells us that we need the faith of a little child. Little children do not worry about their meals or clothing. They will tell you when they are hungry, but they don’t worry that their parents are not going to feed them.

So let’s all resolve to become like little children, like the lilies of the field, like the birds of the air. Let’s do God’s business, and He will take care of us.

by Virgil Stripes

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