Luke 12.22-31 – Relying upon God
Posted: 30 May 2010 in Luke

And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Here is another of those scriptural psssages exhorting us to trust in God, and not to rely upon ourselves. Clearly it would be easier to serve God if we did not have to worry about every day necessities, but that is nevertheless a very difficult lesson to take on board. Not the least reason for the difficulty is being unsure whether we would really be obeying Jesus’ injunction to rely upon God for our needs, or whether we would simply be displaying an ill advised imprudence.

Immediately preceding this passage is another one warning us not to idolse material well being. That is perhaps easier to take on board, but no easier to put into practice.

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