Here is a quick study on God’s Provision. Someone mentioned a part of Matthew 13:32 to me and I began digging into it. This study is the result.
Luke 12:22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
The point being that it matters little what happens to your body and your physical life if you’re spiritually destitute. If we are no use to God, then what in the world are we doing here? Better it is to take some care as to how we can be of use to Him.
Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
The ravens are crows, and in Greek we have this definition:
2876. ko/rax korax, kor´-ax; perhaps from 2880; a crow (from its voracity): — raven.
2880. kore÷nnumi korennumi, kor-en´-noo-mee; a primary verb; to cram, i.e. glut or sate: — eat enough, full.
So when we trace the roots back we see that the subject of this verse is that of a ravenous bird (‘raven’ is the root word for ‘ravenous’) that eats all the time and can’t get enough. And God makes sure this gluttonous raven has enough to eat. Can he not do the same for us, who because of discipline have need of much less?
Luke 12:25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? 26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
We can only gain in stature if God elevates us. We cannot do it ourselves. Physically, when our body matures, that’s it; that process is scripted into the DNA. But spiritually, it is God that matures us if we let Him by not pushing that maturing process away. The way we do that is by trusting it, and to accomplish that we need to trust God, and have faith. He knows what He’s doing.
Luke 12:28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
So there it is: it’s about faith. And faith is trusting that God knows what He’s doing, even if we’re not getting what we think we want. Because the heart, and the desires of it, cannot be trusted:
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
So as Christians we should not trust our desires, but submit them to His judgment, for only He truly knows our hearts. Having said that, there are basic needs we all have. But fretting too much over this is like not trusting God.
Luke 12:29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Most of our waking life we are continually worried about getting what we need to survive. Jesus is telling us that we need to be ultimately concerned with our spiritual life, because if we walk with Jesus, our physical needs are taken care of as a matter of course.
And so we see that our walk with Jesus in the Kingdom of Heaven is a spiritual walk, and our priorites are to be directed toward that realm. Physical needs of provision are important, but we have a God in heaven to rely on for that.
Matthew 13:31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
On the layer we’re studying, the mustard seed is faith, and the kingdom of heaven is our walk in that faith. See Luke 17:6-10, and yes there is more going on in that passage than a simple faith metaphor, but we won’t go there now. It is enough to know that as long as we are walking in that faith, and doing His will, we shall have what we need:
John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
So, if we focus on the spiritual, we won’t have to worry too much about our physical needs.
The world urges us to ‘get our priorities in line’. Naturally, we shouldn’t do stupid, irresponsible things. But for a Christian, the priorities we need to get into line are by their nature spiritual, the rest being added unto us as we have need.