Read Luke 10-12
Highlight: Luke 12:22-26
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
I will confess – I like to see photos of celebrities on the red carpet, who are wearing gorgeous gowns. I can’t even imagine the cost of these designer dresses – probably more than my annual salary! I’m okay shopping at thrift stores or finding good bargains. I try to take care of myself and eat right, yet I know I do worry about finances at times. Worry is something we do really well.
I appreciate Jesus’ words here, because Jesus understands what we humans are about. If we could do a better job at taking his words to heart, how much better off we would be! We do not need to worry, because God will take care of us, if we will just place our trust in him. It has happened before and it will be true in the future as well.
God also asks us to be caretakers of others who are unable to do that for themselves, to help them take away worries we humans cultivate only too readily. Feed the hungry, clothe the naked and house the homeless. Help someone find a job. Encourage someone whose self-esteem has taken a hit. We don’t know the daily walk that others take and the hardships they face; all we can do is help alleviate, as best we can, worries others have about finding daily food and shelter, along with a gentle reminder that you are the source of our trust and faith.
Dear God my Father, I really needed this message in my life. Don’t worry. I know my worries about little things can’t change them. So give me the strength and faith that you are already working on the big things and that I can trust you to see me through. Give me wisdom, strength, courage and love. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.