"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"
We all have needs, big or small, passing or long-term, we all have things on our hearts and minds that we hope to see God provide for. Often our response to those needs is to worry, to be concerned and anxious that He won't come through for us and we will be without.
But what if we had the revelation Mathew 6v25-27 talks about?
'do not worry about your life, what you will eat and drink'
Food and water; these are fairly basic needs. And for a lot of us what we eat and drink are not our primary concern as we are privileged enough to have those needs covered. But what about needing community or a significant other? Needing insight and discernment? Direction with our career, or help with a particular relationship? We may have experienced the need for one or several of those.
You may have a need at the forefront of your mind as you read this.
I think the key line in this passage is this:
'Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.'
'And yet your Heavenly Father feeds them.' This line speaks powerfully of the love and further more the care of our Father in Heaven. Jesus is telling His listeners that the birds he created do not care for themselves, they do not look after their own needs. They don't try and control their futures out of fear of nothing to eat, they don't store away what they need just in case and they don't have Plan B in place for fear that God doesn't come through. They just trust and know that their will be food for them and that they are being looked after.
And Jesus is telling us that we are supposed to do the same.
Rarely do i live like this. But how I wish I did.
What it must be like to be in total dependance and utterly carefree in the care of God.
Often I think that we think we need to look after ourselves, to 'make it happen', be one step ahead of the rest in order to get our needs met and to be fair this hostile world reinforces that belief on a daily basis. But what Jesus is asking of us involves rest and total trust that God will care for us and all our needs. That He knows us, He is actively thinking about what we need and then providing it. Living that way would avoid a lot of stress and worry and could cause us to see the beautiful and incomparable love and care of God for His children.
It would mean giving up control and entrusting Him to meet our needs in His way and in His timing but knowing that just like the birds of the air, we will not be left lacking but instead will be taken care of by our heavenly Father.
Lord I bring before you my need today. I choose to believe you will provide everything i need. Help me to trust your love for me and your Father’s heart for me. Help me to rely on your care. I lean fully upon you. Amen.