Day 12

sparrows and kings

from the sparrows and kings reading plan


Matthew 6:25-34

BY Hayley Morgan

Text: Matthew 6:25-34

“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
– Matthew 6:27

Sometimes I think I’m doing some sort of good by worrying. If I’ve got something rattling around in my head, at least there is some movement and action. But this is surely a false sense of productivity. Worry does nothing but exhaust us.

In this passage, I can almost hear Jesus speaking directly to me. I can see myself sitting in the crowd, trying hard to keep my mind on the sermon and off my to-do list and other life stresses.

(I am a homegrown stressball, born and bred. I come from a long line of people who think worrying is making a dent in the situation.)

Jesus asserts truth in three ways here—
1. He asserts truth through a command (telling us DO NOT worry),
2. He asserts it through logic about important and elementary things (Can you even add an HOUR to your life?),
3. And He appeals to natural law (the birds and the lilies, each totally taken care of and beautiful).

I can be tempted to think of myself as very important in this whole partnership between God and me. If I’m not seeing action on His part, it’s very likely my flesh will start striving and my spirit will become exhausted from the toiling. The lilies neither toil nor spin, they don’t overwork or show off, they don’t worry. Jesus points out to us that even the most beautiful parts of creation are here today and gone tomorrow. Yet, there is such great care.

How much more does He care for us? He created us in His very own image, He saw our sin and loved us so much He made a way for us to be with Him again. So, let’s seek this lasting thing, the thing that doesn’t burn away. Let’s keep our eyes on the Lord and trust Him to care for us as He’s already shown Himself good to do.

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  1. Kristina says:

    32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

    Thank God He knows what we need. There are so many things that I think I need from God but He knows truly what I need and He provides it like he provides for the lilies and the sparrows.

  2. Ashe says:

    Everytime I see this passage I can’t help but smile because it brings back so many memories of a trial i went through and how much this verse helped me!! I live in a tiny town, and long story short, I was having a hard time understanding how much I really meant to God. I really didn’t think I matter that much and I felt ignored by Him. Bitterness set in, and God seemed to show this passage over and over again until I finally broke down and got everything rearranged before it was too late as I had just finished high school and could have taken a bad turn. I think this passage about considering the lilies is the most special to me!

  3. Jillian says:

    I’ve been losing God so much. I am still in school and I grew up for my elementary an middle school years in a wonderful Christian school. A few years ago I had to transfer to a public school for the first time and it’s so secular. I thought I was happy, and I believe I was, but I’m troubled now. It’s so hard to be the girl God wants me to be. Every day I think I’m living how I should. I come home, do my devotional, and realize how flawed I really am. And I don’t know where to start. I’m so overwhelmed. It’s not necessarily specific things, like “I lie, I cheat, etc” but more abstract, like just the way I think now. My entire mindset is different. At my old school I lived in an innocent bubble. Now I’m exposed to the real world and I feel corrupted by it’s perversion every day. Some people call this a dry spell in your relationship with God. I worry about this. I can’t discern whether this is God nudging me to change something, or whether it is Satan trying to confuse me. Because I’m very confused. Right now the only thing that is helping is confessing in the comments and pouring out my struggles to women of like mind. I’m no longer surrounded by like minded people anymore. Please keep me and anyone else struggling similarly in your prayers. Thank you and God bless!

    1. Jacqueline Mace says:

      Jillian, I just want you to know that I hear you and I am committing to praying for you. I grew up in a “Christian school bubble” too and being in the secular world is HARD. I now work with high schoolers every day so I can only imagine the tough stuff you encounter every day with other students. but it is clear that you have a desire to follow God and that is not lost on Him. Today-I think God wants you to know that He loves you, no strings attached. No matter how you are feeling or what you believe. He will not quit you.

      1. Jules Ivory says:

        Thank you so, so infinitely much. I busted out crying reading that—it’s incredible knowing a stranger cares so much for a fellow sister in God. And it’s only a portion of how much He cares. Thank you is all I can say–I needed to hear that.

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