By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
As Jesus is speaking to the many listening to what we call the Sermon on the Mount Jesus looks up and sees some birds at play. He says, “Look at the birds of the air. They don’t sow or reap or store anything away in barns.” They don’t have a 401-K or a Roth IRA. “And yet I tell you that your heavenly Father takes care of them, and if he takes care of the birds of the air, how much more is he going to take care of you?”
Jesus says, if you spend all this time worrying, “Which of you can add even a single minute to your life?” Imagine a warm, comforting breeze blowing through the wild flowers growing on the hill. These wildflowers that nobody planted are beautiful lilacs, lilies, daisies, or something similar, and they bend and sway in the wind.
“Now look how the lilies of the field grow,” says Jesus. “They don’t labor, they don’t spin, and yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was arrayed like one of these. Now, if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore, do not say, ‘What will we eat, what will we drink, what will we wear,’ for the pagans run after these things, and your heavenly Father knows you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all those other things will be added to you. Therefore, don’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow has enough worries of its own.”
Such a different message than the world gives us today.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I am so assured by your words that, if you care about the grass and the birds, and the flowers, how much more you care for me. Your perfect words of love help me to release worry and lean into your caring arms. Amen.
Reflection: What in this section of the Sermon on the Mount most captures your imagination or comforts your heart?