25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28″And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:25-33 NIV
Several friends are always complaining they can never make ends meet. They search constantly for that elusive windfall that will make life easier. In spite of their ‘poverty’, they always come up with the money for a ticket in the lottery, on the pretext that this will be the next ‘big one’ that will set them up for life and solve all their problems.
The Christian has a much healthier worldview. We rely on the eternal principle that God cares for his own. By putting God’s Kingdom first and seeking after His righteousness we have the His promise to care for our needs as He does for the rest of Creation. It is a matter of faith in an oft proved faithful God, not a wishful hope in some temporal gain.
Seeking that elusive ticket
Is like batting on a sticky wicket
Never knowing which way the ball
Will pitch to make your wicket fall
Much better Lord, the certainty
Of putting my trust in Thee
You feed the birds and clothe the flowers
They do not toil for hours and hours
They simply rest where they are placed
They are daily by Your mercy graced
Lord, may I thus contented be
To see your bounty poured on me
May I daily serve you well
Happy with you through life to dwell
Assured that You provide each need
I am, from worry, fully freed.