#FEARLESS365 is a yearlong study of God’s commandment to us to live without fear. For 365 days, we will focus on one scripture and volunteers from all over the world will share their personal thoughts and what God has shared with them on the specific verse. For more info… go here.
Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Luke 12:26
Luke 12:26 says Since you cannot do this little thing, why do you worry about the rest? It refers to the passages (12:22-25) immediately preceding it, in which Jesus says, “Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes .Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?”
I see this verse as a good reminder of where I’ve been—and thus, a promise for where I’m going.
Although raised in a financially stable family, and college-educated, I’ve had three times in my life when circumstances beyond my control left me alone and unsure how I would feed myself—and later, my children. Despite this, never have I gone hungry or without shelter. I’ve had many trips to the ER with my children, including two stays in ICU, and we’ve come through.
Of course, as Jesus says, there’s more to life than food and clothes. We worry about the wars going on in the world, natural disasters, economics, the stock market, our retirement, if our children are being bullied or making friends. We worry about our own relationships with other people, making irreparable mistakes, loneliness, the harm people may do us with lies, gossiping, or more. We worry about losing our health, and ultimately, about death. Through my past experiences, however, and through growing faith, I have come to realize the truth of the verse. I’ve come to see how much any worry on my part changed anything—not at all—and that in the end we’re okay.
We all die. We’re all going to have problems during the days we’re still alive, because it’s a fallen world full of fallen people. But if we walk in faith and do our best to live with integrity, it comes out right in the end.
Laura Vosika is an Author, Publisher, Instructor in Private Music Lessons and a Mother to 9 children – 7 boys and 2 girls. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.