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Luke 12:22-31 (ESV)
Do Not Be Anxious
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?[a] 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,[b] 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[c] kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
After Jesus told the parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:16-21, the subject of last Sunday’s sermon), he gave some general teachings on trusting God instead of being anxious about food, clothing, etc. Jesus is explaining that the reason we are not generous is the same reason we worry: we lack faith; we don’t believe that God will actually take care of us. So the way to worry less is to know Jesus more, for the more we know Jesus the more confidence we have that he can be trusted to meet our needs.