Rhythms of Grace – Weekly Devotional

Do Not Worry

Luke 12:22-34 NKJV “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. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 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? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? 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. 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? “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 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. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Some have said there are over 360 times in the scriptures in which we are instructed not to worry! Today’s passage is one of those and it comes straight from the lips of Jesus. Jesus plainly told us not to worry about our life, what we will eat, about our bodies, what we will wear. Jesus said “…your Father has been PLEASED TO GIVE you the kingdom[!]”. Since He has given us the kingdom, He then instructs us to sell our possessions and give [the proceeds] to the poor. That’s how His kingdom was designed to work – those who have much should help those who have little. He wants us to meet the needs of others and He will, in turn, meet our needs.

We don’t have to look far to find people who need our help and need to see how beautiful His kingdom really is. Especially during a time of struggle for ourselves, let’s look for ways we can help someone else to experience this perfect principle of the kingdom of God.

Blessings 💖