In Luke 12:22-26 & 31, Jesus said:
22 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, nor about the body what you will put on.
23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.
24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?
25 And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?
31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well."
This passage beginning with the word 'Therefore,' links this teaching with Jesus' previous parable on covetousness. He wants us to have a proper attitude to material blessings, not to hoard, but to simply learn to trust God, our heavenly Father.
Jesus wants us to know we are more valuable than the birds. His concern is that we reach for His kingdom; which is far greater and more valuable than the stuff people hoard here in the world.
Worry is a useless exercise; a demonic design which is powerless to accomplish good, but is powerful to destroy a life. Worry is meditating on the negative aspects of life, rather than meditating on the positive power of God's Word in your life. Jesus encourages us to reach beyond the struggles of this world and partake of the kingdom that He has already given us as His children. It protects and comforts, allowing survival and giving hope for the future. If the world is overwhelming you, just ask God to teach you how to release your worries because worry is sin!
1 Peter 5:6-8 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
So discipline yourself to turn away from any anxiety or panic and learn to rest yourself on Him, believing He has already completed everything you need in your life. You will find it works.Norman