Consider The Ravens
And he said to his disciples "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap. they have neither storehouse nor barn. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?"
We live in a world where we feel the need to look nice, be healthy, make a good impression, and. put up this front that we have it all together through purchasing expensive clothes and training our body to look a certain way.
But man guys, Jesus says we don't have to worry about those things. Of course we can look nice and dress nice, but if we are constantly basing what we look like off of the what the world says, than we will never be enough and we will ALWAYS be let down.
We all want to be in control. Doesn't matter what it is, we want to have control over it, especially if you are a woman. But the reality is, most of the time things are not in our control. However what we DO have control over is how we see our situations.
As you know by now, I had two eating disorders over the course of junior high into high School. I'm sure you can guess...but I was anything but in control. I think through that experience I developed this ongoing fear of not being in control. So because I am the way I am, I do either extreme. I either give my all, or I give nothing. So instead of constantly feeling like I wasn't in control. I tried to manage my situations by freaking out about everything and controlling as much as possible. It got out of hand fast, and God showed me really early on that that part of my thought life was going to have to die out.
More so though, we have a fear of not being in control in circumstances much bigger than the ones in our everyday lives. Situations like, the school shooting that are happening, global warming, whether or not the economy crashes, weather. All of those things feed into this uncontrollable fear.
One thing that I've learned through all my years of being obsessive and all in or out is that God meets us right in the middle. He doesn't want us to relinquish all control, but he also doesn't want us worrying about every single thing that could or could happen to us. God shows up in the midst of the battle or the uncertainty because he needs you to know that the future is the future, the past is no longer, and what you can control right now is only what in front of you.
In this scripture, Jesus reminds us that he cares for even the Ravens. A bird that is seen as unclean, a pest. So when we get struck by the fear of not being in control, he reminds us that we are more valuable that we could ever imagine.
So where do you go? How do you deal with this?
You fall to the feet of Jesus. You pray your heart out and leave the fear right there with him. Worrying is never the answer.
I don't think I will ever be completely free of this fear, but the difference between back then and now, is that its so much more than just leaving at his feat.
its about surrendering to his glory and promises that he cares for ALL his creations.
its about praying and crying out that he would set your mind free from this stronghold
Claim his truth over your life and over your mind. Because as you know, the enemies favorite place to capture you is through your thoughts. When he captures that part of you, everything else crumbles down. If you feel the enemy interceding on your thoughts today, cast him out. Because he is not welcome there.
Know the difference today between desires and needs. He doesn't promise all your desires will be added to you, but all of your needs will be met. You don't always know what Gods plan is, and often times he asks you to step out of comfort zone and into vulnerability to be able to use you. When you let go of the constant need to be in control, watch the blesses flood you.
Reflect on todays verse:
And he said to his disciples "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap. they have neither storehouse nor barn. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?" -Luke 12:22-26
1. Do you believe the Truth in this passage? Write down in a journal or on your phone how you plan to live this out today and through this week.
2. How is God speaking to you through this verse? What stands out to you the most?
3.Was there a lesson in this passage? How does it pertain to your life right now?
4. How do you feel God is using this passage to you move and grow you?
5. What are some steps you can take this week to embrace, and live out this truth?
Thank you for already knowing the plan for my life. Its such a burden off my back to know that I don't always have to be in control. Lord God in the times I feel anxiety and fear of not being in control creep up on me, help me to remember that is you care for the ravens, surely you will care for me as well. Help me to trust you by letting go of my desires and focusing on my needs that are met through you alone. Jesus I want my life to glorify you, and I know that every time I give into the pressure of preforming for the world or having it all together, I could be missing a blessing that you have right in front of me. Strengthen my faith today, and help me to grow as I choose to see you in the midst of my situations that I used to seek control over.