Luke 12:22-34 – “Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. 23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? 25 And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?
29 “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. 30 For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. 31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
32 “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” NKJV
I have known people and more than a few preachers who considered it a violation of God’s directive to plan for the future financially. After all, they demand, Jesus instructed us in Luke 12 to not give anything financial a second thought. So, if the birds do not have to work for what they eat, neither should I. I will just wait on God to provide.
I 100% concur that God is our source! I also stand in complete agreement that mammon cannot be our focus. However, I cannot ignore the overriding principles of the Bible with regard to counting the costs and providing for my own. I believe that the ideal condition of the Christian mind is confidence that God will provide. Negligence is never justified. We are instructed to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” and I believe that applies to life’s planning and preparation.
Life should not be lived in FEAR or WORRY. The believer should live with confidence that when we have done all we know to do and walked in obedience to God’s Word and the directive to our individual hearts, HE WILL PROVIDE. The illustration of the ravens and the lilies of the field provide a beautiful word picture for us to visualize the keeping and care of God in all things in our lives. If we allow concern for the natural things to overshadow the eternal we will live in fret and frustration.
David declared, “I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging bread.” Can Christians have financial problems? We see it every day! Most of the times when I have faced financial difficulty I can trace the root to my error in judgment or failure to live within my means. I am not discounting, today’s economic situation where some who WOULD WORK cannot find jobs and are facing incredibly difficult times. Was that their making? NO! That is where God, the Church, the Community and Family come into the picture. PROVISION comes from many sources but all under the guidance and direction of the LORD.
What we should make most important in our lives is GOD and then do that which we know to do and I am confident that God will provide. This is not a cry for or against retirement planning, etc. It is a cry for each of us to “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness” and from that position live in confidence that GOD WILL PROVIDE!
May you receive His rich blessings on this wonderful day!