Day 33 - 40 Days of HOPE

Dr Jim Brown's TruNorth Devotional
40 Days of HOPE

Luke 12:23-31
“For life is a greater gift than food, and the body is a greater gift than clothing.  Observe the ravens. They neither sow nor reap and have neither store-chamber nor barn. And yet God feeds them. How far more precious are you than the birds!
And which of you is able by anxious thought to add a moment to his life? If then you are unable to do even a very little thing, why be over-anxious about other matters?
Observe the lilies, how they grow. They neither labor nor spin. And yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was as beautifully dressed as one of these. But if God so clothes the vegetation in the fields, that blooms to-day and to-morrow will be thrown into the oven, how much more certainly will He clothe you, you men of feeble faith!
Therefore, do not be asking what you are to eat nor what you are to drink; and do not waver between hope and fear. For though the nations of the world pursue these things, as for you, your Father knows that you need them. But make His Kingdom the object of your pursuit, and these things shall be given you in addition.”

Here and in Matthew, we have Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount,” which was full of excellent teaching, comfort, and hope.  Here, He connects with his audience regarding the futility of worrying about “the things” we think we need EVERY DAY for our lives to be complete.  Jesus reminds us that our Heavenly Father knows all and knows what we need.  Then we are reminded to: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Mathew 6:33)

Prayer: LORD, thank You for Your promise to meet my needs – and as I stop and think about it – YOU ALWAYS HAVE!  Please help me to always live in that hope and stop worrying. Amen.