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 NLT
Illustration of Luke 12:22-26 NLT —  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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Philippians 4:6-7
  • 1 Peter 5:7
  • Philippians 4:19-20


About This Devotional

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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