Much More

When we go through difficult times, I think one of the greatest challenges we face as Christians is not being overcome by worry and anxiety. These are such common maladies in everyday life, but they become especially heightened when we are confronted with trials and suffering. If we are not already worried about our health, our job, our finances, our marriage or our children, when the storms of life hit we suddenly find ourselves plunged into a torrent of worry and anxiety that practically paralyzes us. Thankfully, Scripture provides us an antidote for worry and anxiety.

In Luke 12:22-31, hear what Jesus says:

22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, 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. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

Two things stand out to me in this passage. The first thing is what Jesus tells us to “consider.” Essentially, we are to think carefully about and contemplate how God cares for the ravens and the lilies. If God feeds the ravens, which neither plant nor harvest for their livelihood, then certainly He will care for us who are of “much more” value than the birds. And if the lilies don’t work or make their clothing, yet God cares so wonderfully for these flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, then certainly He will care for us.

This leads to the second thing, the “much more” of our heavenly Father. If God cares for the birds and the lilies which He created, think about “how much more” He cares for us who are created in His image. It is easy to forget this when we are bombarded with the storms of life and worry overwhelms us. We allow the cares of the world to come in and forget the “much more” of our heavenly Father.

Instead, we should remember that God is much more aware of our needs than we are. God knows what we need even before we ask. In fact, Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:8 that “your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Furthermore, we read in Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

If you are overwhelmed with fear or worry or anxiety, may you gain the peace of God as you allow yourself to rest in His love for you and His “much more” care for you.

In God’s divine love,

Peggy

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2 thoughts on “Much More

  1. my savior is IS more than we can ask or think MUCH MORE beyond all he says if he walk up to folks today he would say would u like to see who I AM you have been limiting me I AM MUCH MORE than the greatest sum of all your imagination and revelation

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