Why Worry?

Jesus used some great analogies in Luke 12:22-34 in order to explain that we don’t need to worry about daily necessities like food or clothing.

Concerning food, He said that we should consider the ravens, because they don’t plant crops or store their harvest, and yet God feeds them.  We’re much more valuable than birds, so God surely won’t neglect to feed us.  We can be assured that God knows our needs.

Concerning clothes, He said that we should consider the lilies, because they don’t sew clothes for themselves, and yet their appearance is better than even King Solomon at the peak of his reign.  We’re eternal creatures, while the lilies are only temporary, so God will make sure that we have the clothes that we need.

Worrying shows a lack of faith.  We don’t need to be afraid.  We only need to seek God’s will, knowing that He will gladly provide us with all of life’s necessities.  None of us can add a single hour to our lives by worrying about it.  We have no control over a small thing like a single hour of an entire lifetime, so we have no justification for worrying.

Christ said that instead of worrying about money, we should sell our possessions and give to the poor.  We should exhaust our possessions in this life for God’s glory.  Then in eternity we will have treasures that will never be exhausted or destroyed, and that no thief can steal.  In Luke 12:34, Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  God can easily discern whether we’re more concerned about the cheap possessions of this life or the priceless treasures of eternity.

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