Luke 12: 22-31 22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[a]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 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! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
This was the passage that popped up on my phone this morning for my devotional. I have been reading a blog lately – Sara aka Gitzen Girl . She is one of the strongest women I’ve ever had the privilege of coming in “contact” with. Her faith and writing challenge and inspire those who choose to visit her corner of the world. Today’s passage brought her instantly to mind. One phrase she’s used that smacked me was “God provides what you need when you need it.” (Okay I’m paraphrasing and might not have it exactly right but that’s the sentiment).
That’s a powerful phrase. It’s a powerful passage. But this morning I almost felt…guilty. Not because I don’t depend on God. I do. But let’s face it…there’s no concern over whether we’ll be able to feed the kids. We don’t have to find a place to sleep at night. We don’t have to wonder if our children are going to be taken from us or if our church services are going to be busted.
I felt guilty because I am so incredibly blessed. Because I was born into a stable family in America with all the freedom and privilege that entails. Because I have three healthy, intelligient children. Because I am married to a Godly man that treasures and takes care of me and our relationship.
But here’s the thing – God gave me all that. For now this is the life He wants me to live. He has a plan for all these blessings. There is a purpose beyond my happiness. Guilt is not the appropriate or intended response. Thanksgiving and praise – those are approriate. I don’t want to take it for granted. And I won’t even get into the difference between “need” and “want” and
our my skewed perceptions…at least not in this post.