Devotional, God is the Provider, God Is...

Do Not Worry (Matthew 6:25-34 Devotional)

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? 27 Can 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. 30 If 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?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

MATTHEW 26:25-34 NIV

One time I took my son and a few of his friends out.  His friends would bring cash to buy lunch, and I asked my son to do the same.  He asked me, “why?”.  I said, “so that you can pay for your lunch and other things you want to buy.”  And he said, “but you will be there, mommy, and you can pay for me!”.  As much as I wanted him to be independent and pay for his lunch, I admired his pure trust in me.  There was not a moment of doubt or worry he had about skipping lunch because of his simple faith that as long as mom is there with him, she will provide for him.

Isn’t Jesus asking of us simple faith as such?  God is our Father.  He loves and provides. Who promoted Him to prepare the Garden of Eden and breathe life into man?  Wasn’t it because of His love, willingness, and power to provide?   

Nevertheless, living out the simple faith like a child to his parent is not always easy.  The song “God Provides” by Kirk Franklin says this: 

God provides,
It’s hard to say when there’s no food to eat,
Or what you see feels all that life will be,
And will this be another year of misery, for me.
But my faith, can’t survive on just things I see,
And my feelings can’t control my destiny,
See God I only want what you believe, for me.” 


When we are facing the problems our world brings every day and our daily struggles, it can be hard to believe that God will provide and do it in time. But “faith can’t survive on just things I see.”  There is so much that we cannot see, and God has taken care of them for us!  

God provides,
In ways I can’t explain and can’t deny,
The little that I have He multiplies,
Just when I feel He won’t show up on time,
God provides


No one can demand when the sun will rise and set tomorrow.  The sun rises only once a day, giving just enough daylight for our use today.  I believe it is our Father’s way of telling us that if we look for strength and power for tomorrow, we can not find them today.  Because what He provides will suffice for this day, and tomorrow’s shall come tomorrow.  God is not someone who would only be present today and gone tomorrow.  He will be the same tomorrow – being with me and providing for me. 

Why would He not provide for me if He feeds the birds in the air and clothes the grass in the field? So let us live our childlike, simple faith to our Father, our Provider.   Hear Him say,
do not worry about tomorrow, my child!” 

Tomorrow is unknown, but his promise and providence are certain. No matter what tomorrow brings, our Father still provides.   

If you have more time today, read Psalm 65, David’s joyful praise for the Lord’s providence. 

“You care for the land and water it;  
you enrich it abundantly.
The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, 
for so you have ordained it.
You drench its furrows and level its ridges;  
you soften it with showers and bless its crops.  

You crown the year with your bounty, 
and your carts overflow with abundance.
The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; 
the hills are clothed with gladness. 
The meadows are covered with flocks 
and the valleys are mantled with grain; 

They shout for joy and sing.” 

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