And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
Today’s passage is from a sermon that Jesus preached while sitting on a beautiful mountainside. To illustrate the truth about worry, Jesus pointed out the flowers mixed in with the thick grass. Perhaps he picked one and held it as he drove home the spiritual principle.
Jesus noted that even Solomon—Israel’s wealthiest king—was not clothed with the natural beauty and brilliance of the flowers. God provides the flowers with everything they need. If God would do that for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, just think about how he will take care of you—the one for whom he sent his only Son.
Worry steals our joy and tries to confuse this simple yet profound truth:
God will give us everything we need to do what he is calling us to do.
Talking to God
Father, I don’t want to worry. I don’t want the anxiety. I don’t want chaos and despair to take over my heart. Remind me often of this powerful truth. You take care of the flowers; you will take care of me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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