Let’s take a moment to reflect on the nature of worry. Can a moment’s worry add any time to our lives? The answer, as science has shown, is a resounding ‘no.’ Rather than adding, worry subtracts – it steals joy, interferes with our purpose, and chips away at our health. It makes us susceptible to ailments and can even increase the risk of severe conditions like cancer. Jesus, in his infinite wisdom, asked: why worry?
Anxiety often revolves around life’s material necessities like food, clothing, and the intricacies of life itself (Luke 12:22). Yet, we need to remember that life is infinitely more than these earthly concerns (Luke 12:23). Observing the creatures around us, have we ever seen a raven troubled over its next meal? They have an inherent trust in God’s provision, a lesson we can all take to heart. After all, are we not of more value to God than these creatures (Luke 12:24)?
In a heartfelt call, Jesus urges us not to be anxious. When we worry, we are subtly implying to God that we lack trust in Him, which amounts to disobedience. Imagine your children incessantly worrying about their next meal or clothing, despite your reassurances of provision. Such distrust would surely cause disappointment. Now, consider the infinite resources of our heavenly Father – the entire universe! The lilies of the field, beautifully clothed, do not clock in hours of work or worry about their growth. God ensures they have all they need. If God cares so deeply for the flowers, how much more does He care for us (Luke 12:27-28)? We are, undoubtedly, of far greater value!
When we earnestly seek God’s kingdom, we can trust that our King will provide for His subjects. God takes delight in meeting our needs (Luke 12:32). However, worry dismays Him because it indicates a lack of trust in His ability to provide for His children. Any earthly father strives to care for his family; how much more so does our heavenly Father? When we display little faith and fail to trust in our heavenly Father who owns everything, it is almost as if we are questioning His ability to care for us (Luke 12:26). This, indeed, could be seen as a lack of trust.
In this journey of faith, let us shed the weight of worry and fully trust in our heavenly Father’s abundant provision. Let’s keep our eyes fixed on His kingdom, embracing the peace that comes from knowing He will meet all our needs.