“26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
There are a few lessons to be learned in this passage. ONE. He will always provide. He gives the birds food, He turns caterpillars in the butterflies, I mean the birds fly from the North to the South for the winter! They don’t have to be in the AP classes to do all of those things.. they just DO them, because God commanded them to. NOW, even though we should always be striving for the best, it doesn’t mean God loves us less because we are not the top dog. I just think He is trying to say that He will meet all of your needs, no matter what. So when things are not going your way, or the best is just out of reach, talk to Him, He will provide what He knows you need in His timing.
TWO. DONT WORRY. Knowing He will provide for us means we can’t worry about what is to come because we can’t predict or manipulate the future to do what we want it to do, which means we have to trust that God knows what He is doing (which he does, btw).
THREE. Don’t dwell on what you look like on the outside. This is so hard. We want to look pretty/handsome. We dont want to be embarrassed, made fun of or feel like we are not part of the crowd. The bigger picture is though, when you are a christian, you are already not part of the crowd. God wants us to be working on what we look like on the inside, and when we do that it radiates on the outside.
How does God provide for you?
What are ways God has taken control of your life when you were worried He might not?
What’s one way you can work on your inside and a way you can let go of working on your outside?