What Jesus Did! 'Why the Bigger Things' — Luke 12:22-26

Monday, August 17, 2015

Jesus said to his followers, "So I tell you, don't worry about the food you need to live. Don't worry about the clothes you need for your body. Life is more important than food. And the body is more important than clothes. Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest. Birds don't save food in houses or barns. But God takes care of them. And you are worth much more than birds. None of you can add any time to your life by worrying about it. If you cannot do the little things, then why worry about the big things?"
— Luke 12:22-26
Illustration of Luke 12:22-26 —  If you cannot do the little things, then why worry about the big things?

Key Thought

Life is more than food and clothing. God has reminded us of that throughout the Scriptures. Jesus reminded us of it when he faced temptation from Satan. So we shouldn't worry, because God will take care of the big stuff and the little stuff! Worrying doesn't change things, big or small, except to make those problems appear worse than they really are. So why let ourselves get so worked up into a frenzy over "big things"? Let's cast our cares on God and then trust in his providence.

Today's Prayer

Holy God, my loving Abba Father, you knew I really needed to hear this passage tonight and think through its meaning in my life. "Don't worry!" you're telling me! Even more so, you're telling me, "Quit worrying!" I know my worries about little things can't change them. So then please give me faith that you are already working on the big things and that I can trust you to see me through. Give me wisdom, strength, courage and love. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus said to his followers, "So I tell you, don't worry about the food you need to live. Don't worry about the clothes you need for your body. Life is more important than food. And the body is more important than clothes. Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest. Birds don't save food in houses or barns. But God takes care of them. And you are worth much more than birds. None of you can add any time to your life by worrying about it. If you cannot do the little things, then why worry about the big things? Look at the wild flowers. See how they grow. They don't work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that even Solomon, the great and rich king, was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers. God clothes the grass in the field like that. That grass is living today, but tomorrow it will be thrown into the fire to be burned. So you know that God will clothe you much more. Don't have so little faith! So don't always think about what you will eat or what you will drink. Don't worry about it. All the people that don't know God try to get those things. Your Father (God) knows that you need those things. The thing you should want is God's kingdom. Then all these other things you need will be given to you. "Don't fear, little flock (group). Your Father (God) wants to give you the kingdom. Sell the things you have and give that money to people that need it. The riches of this world don't continue. So get the kind of riches that continue. Get the treasure of heaven. That treasure continues forever. Thieves can't steal your treasure in heaven, and moths can't destroy it. Your heart will be where your treasure is.

Luke 12:22-34

Related Scripture Readings

Don't worry about anything. But pray and ask God for everything you need. And when you pray, always give thanks. And God's peace will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. That peace which God gives is so great that we cannot understand it.

Philippians 4:6-7

Give all your worries to him, because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7

My God is very rich with the glory of Christ Jesus. God will use his riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need. Glory to our God and Father forever and ever. Amen.

Philippians 4:19-20

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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