Consider the ravens: They don’t sow or reap; they don’t have a storeroom or a barn; yet God feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than the birds? Can any of you add a cubit to his height by worrying? If then you’re not able to do even a little thing, why worry about the rest?
“Consider how the wildflowers grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! If that’s how God clothes the grass, which is in the field today and is thrown into the furnace tomorrow, how much more will He do for you—you of little faith? Don’t keep striving for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don’t be anxious. For the Gentile world eagerly seeks all these things, and your Father knows that you need them.
“But seek His kingdom, and these things will be provided for you. -Luke 12:24-31 (HCSB)
There’s a large measure of comfort in these verses, but also an admonition to seek God’s kingdom first. To just sit back and wait for God to serve you like a waiter in a restaurant isn’t going to work. If I act like a child at Christmas time, making my list of things I want (my “gimme list,” so to speak) without so much as a care for the one whose birthday is supposed to be celebrated, I really can’t expect much from God. We reap what we sow. Personally, I think we reap far more than we sow, if we sow good things for the kingdom of God.
What a wonderful life it would be if I were to tune into God through constant prayer and walk with Him each and every moment of the day. Worry would be non-existent. As it is, with what little I do in prayer and study of His Word, my life seems like it has improved 100% in regard to stress and anxiety!
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. -John 14:27 (NKJV)