God Is Our Provider
26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (Matthew 6:26-30, NKJV)
God provides for the birds, and He takes care of them. Therefore, we should expect that God would take care of us.
Yet take careful note: the birds don’t worry, but they do work. Birds don’t just sit with open mouths, expecting God to fill them. Yes, God is our provider, but we must do the work.
“This argument presupposed a biblical cosmology without which faith makes no sense. God is so sovereign over the universe that even the feeding of a Wren falls within his concern.” – D.A. Carson
The worry many people have over the material things of life is rooted in a low understanding of their value before God. They don’t comprehend how much He loves and cares for them.
Worry accomplishes nothing; we can add nothing to our lives by worrying. There may be greater sins than worry, but there are none more self-defeating and useless.
The ancient Greek may mean adding to life instead of adding to height, but the thought is the same. Indeed, instead of adding to our life, we can actually harm ourselves through worry. Stress is one of the great contributors to disease and poor health.
God even takes care of the grass of the field, so He will certainly take care of you. We are confident of the power and care of a loving heavenly Father.
“‘Little faith‘ is not a little fault; for it greatly wrongs the Lord, and sadly grieves the fretful mind. To think the Lord who clothes the lilies will leave his own children naked is shameful. O little faith, learn better manners!” Charles Spurgeon
Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your provision for our lives as well as eternity. Without You, we would be lost and without hope. Help us to trust You more and walk with You this day. In Jesus name, Amen.