WHY WORRY WHEN JESUS STOREHOUSE HAS ALL YOU NEED
“Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap; they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this tiny thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. 32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12: 22—34)
Jesus teaches his disciples why they shouldn’t be worrying about their life. The disciples shouldn’t worry about what to eat or wear. Worrying is not healthy for human life. It does not add a single hour to anyone’s life. Life is more than the things we worry about. Jesus taught the disciples that God is their STOREHOUSE. As much as God takes care of living things in nature, like birds, He will take care of us. From God’s STOREHOUSE, He has everything I need.
Consider the raven Jesus said, they do not sow, reap, or have a storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. To consider something is to reset one’s mindset. Jesus seems to say to his disciples, do not focus on the emptiness of your shelves but focus on your heavenly Father’s STOREHOUSE. Jesus also tells them to CONSIDER how the wildflowers are concerned and how they grow. The flowers get what they need from the Father’s STOREHOUSE.
The challenge for every believer is HOW AND WHAT ONE SET THEIR HEARTS ON. Jesus said, DO NOT SET YOUR HEART on what to eat or drink. DO NOT WORRY ABOUT IT. What worries people the most is not their lack of what they need but how they think about what they need. What do we focus on in life? Is it something worth worrying about? Will it help us grow? Will it be helpful to change our problems?
Jesus said the pagans, or people who have no relationship with God, SETS THEIR HEARTS on what to eat and drink. Their storehouses depend on their limited earning power and resources. But your little flock, DO NOT BE AFRAID. Your Father is pleased to give you more from his STOREHOUSE; he is proud to GIVE YOU THE KINGDOM.
I must change where my heart and mind are set upon. I am encouraged by Jesus today to set my heart in SEEKING GOD’S kingdom. When I make God’s kingdom my priority, God makes my need his priority. God does not just answer and give me what I ask for; He gives me more. Jesus said, to his disciples, SELL YOUR POSSESSIONS AND GIVE TO THE POOR. Jesus knew it was not because they didn’t have anything with them. They got possessions with them, but their heart WAS SET ON WORRYING about the little they had. Many believers have the same mindset. They worry even when they have everything they need. They tend to create something to worry about. God will always have enough in his STOREHOUSE for everything we need.
I will trust God totally for all my needs. I will not focus on my limited earning power to get what I need in life. I will trust Jesus, for he is my provider and will give me more than what I ask for. I will not set my mind on the pressure of what I need but on the abundance of what God has already prepared for me.
Jesus, my eyes are on you as a servant’s eyes are on their masters. I look to you for all my needs. I thank you that you do not just provide what I need, but you give me more. You are generous and kind. I look to you from whom all my needs are met. Thank you for reminding me to set my mind on what you have prepared for me from your storehouse. Amen!