Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
“Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
“And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.”
Not every professed ‘follower of Christ’ has experienced God this way in their lives. To do so actually requires quite a bit of faith, the type of faith that requires one to go against the societal norm of pursuing self-sufficiency by their own means.
The above passage ends with ‘Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and He will give you everything you need’. This means that if you focus on pursuing a deeper relationship with Christ and strive to live a life that is pleasing to Him, He will take care of all your needs – ALL of them.
Alas, the typical approach that we take often looks more like this… WE ourselves assume control over our security, worrying about tomorrow – money, food, clothing, transportation, etc – and it’s ALL on us to keep it up, which is scary because we don’t know what tomorrow brings. Will we even have a job tomorrow? What if the housing market dips again? Will that car last another year? What if gas prices rise again? Our decisions are, at best, based upon experience, educated guesses or ‘just in case’ wisdom. If we’re honest with ourselves, we really don’t know for sure. But God does. And it is our pursuit of Him that enables us to ‘ride’ under His “wings” as He ushers us through the unseens and unknowns of life, providing us with everything we need along the way. His provision isn’t always what we expect or initially had in mind, but it’s always adequate.