Dealing with Anxiety: Consider the birds of the air…and the flowers of the field

Birds and spring flowersI think we’ve all done it… Something threatens, a circumstance comes our way and we fret, fume and fuss… We’re flustered, we’re fearful, and the temptation is to forget about God, His power, His promises and His provision… panic sets it and we’re suddenly a spiritual and emotional “case!”

Hey, I’ve done it too… But it’s into situations like that, that Jesus speaks a reassuring word… a challenging word… I heard Him speak it again to me this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord”…

“I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

“And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the Gentiles [those who do not know and trust God] seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”  (from Matthew 6:25–34 ESV)

Good word eh?  Someone needed to hear that today!  (I was one who needed it!)

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