Money is the number one stressor for many in our world today—is it yours? We worry about losing it, having enough of it, fighting over it, overspending it, or borrowing too much of it. And some of us are one missed paycheck or one hospital emergency away from disaster, and it’s a constant source of tension.
Did you know that is not God’s desire for you?
The truth is that God is even watching over the birds of the air—so how much more is He watching over you? And why did He choose a bird to illustrate His care for us? Well, it’s a common, tiny animal. In fact, it’s one of those most common animals in the world, and trees littered all over the globe harbor their nests. To distinguish and keep track of one bird apart from the next would be a worthless attempt, but this is where we rejoice.
Look at the birds of the air, and yet not one of them is forgotten by God. If God is concerned and cares about the needs of this small, ever-common creature, how much more will God notice and take care of the unique needs of His own child, who is made in His very image?
Therefore, we truly don’t need to worry about our life, what we will eat, or about our body and what we will wear. Our Father knows that we need them, and when we seek His kingdom and handle our money in the ways He’s directed us to in His Word, we can set worry aside. We can trust that He is faithful, and He will take care of every need we face.
1. What are your biggest worries concerning your finances?
2. Be honest about those with God, and allow His peace to break through those fears and settle deep into your soul: “Father, honestly, sometimes I keep my fists closed around our income, because I’m worried about this: ____________________. But I’m choosing today to have faith instead. I’m declaring that You will be faithful to take care of me as I step out in obedience to how we handle our income. Thank you, Father, for caring and providing.”
Teaching about Money and Possessions
22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
27 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.
32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.
33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.