I tell you not to worry about your life. Don't worry about having something to eat, drink, or wear. Isn't life more than food or clothing? Look at the birds in the sky! They don't plant or harvest. They don't even store grain in barns. Yet your Father in heaven takes care of them. Aren't you worth more than birds? Can worry make you live longer? Why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow. They don't work hard to make their clothes. But I tell you that Solomon with all his wealth wasn't as well clothed as one of them. God gives such beauty to everything that grows in the fields, even though it is here today and thrown into a fire tomorrow. He will surely do even more for you! Why do you have such little faith?
For some of you these may be a familiar passage and for others these words may be something new. As I was recently reflecting on the times during the day that I worry, I remembered these words from Jesus in the gospel of Matthew. Sometimes I find myself being overwhelmed with all of the responsibilities of life and wonder how everything and everyone will be cared for. I sometimes lose sight of these promises from Jesus that God will provide. As I look through my life, I see the many places where God provides for me and my family again and again. Each day I am challenged to overcome my worries and put my trust in God as my provider.
As you go through your week, I would invite you to hold onto these words from Jesus reminding us that we do not have to worry.
Prayer for Today
Creator and Sustainer God, Open our hearts and minds to see the ways you continue to provide for us. Help us to put our trust in you. In Jesus' Name, Amen.