When you shift your mind into neutral and just let it idle, where do your thoughts go? Do you worry about money? We are to be careful with money, but Jesus taught that we are not to be full of care about it. If you have put your faith in the Lord, you don’t have to worry about life’s necessities. God Himself has assumed responsibility for your food and clothing—and all your needs.

When Jesus spoke of our need for food, He pointed to the birds, and said, “They neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26). That doesn’t mean we get what we need by doing nothing. Birds must scratch and search for food. The point is, they don’t worry about it.

Jesus instructed us to center our lives on God’s kingdom. Then clothing, food, and drink will be ours as well. Look at it this way: Whether or not you live only for money, you’ll ultimately leave it or it will leave you. But if you focus your life on God and doing His will, all these other things will be provided.

Does your concern for making money and keeping it overshadow your concern for doing God’s will? If so, stop and look at the birds. [Our Daily Bread July 8, 2005]

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