Luke 12:27-31 "Consider how the wildflowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well."
Jesus is a creative genius. While He was on earth, He brilliantly used stories and imagery to communicate life lessons. In this portion of Scripture, He taught His disciples an important lesson by drawing their attention to the birds and the wildflowers. They don't worry about what they will eat or how they will be clothed because God cares for them. So why do we get stressed out about meeting our basic needs? How much more will God care for us if He cares for them?
Jesus challenged them to seek the kingdom of God first. What does that mean? It simply means to make God's priorities our priorities. It's obeying Him and trusting Him with the results. It's seeking His leadership in every area of our life and trusting that, when we do that, He will provide everything we need – our physical, spiritual and emotional needs. The next time you feel anxiety welling up because you have a need, stop and remember how valuable you are to God. He has promise to provide what you need when you need it. Take care of His Kingdom and He will take care of yours!
What is the first thing you do in the morning? Do you grab your phone and check your social media? Do you check email and texts and start replying? Tomorrow morning, start with this devotional and time with God. The rest can wait.
God, thank You for loving me and valuing me. Help me continue to put You first, confident that You have the best plan for me! In Jesus' name, Amen.