Matthew 6:24-33 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
What a precious passage! What a beautiful reminder of the glorious love and care of our Almighty Father! Sadly, there are some misconceptions regarding this passage, though. Does it mean that no Christian who has faith will die? Hmm… Think about it. God is promising to provide for us the sustenance of life, so why are there martyrs? Why do missionaries in foreign lands (and in our home nations) suffer terrible hardships and privation? Did they not have enough faith?
From what I have seen, and taking this passage in context with other passages throughout the Bible, I see the focus to be on the phrase “your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.”
God knows. God cares. God is able. That is what we need to know. Of course we know that we have needs. Of course we care that we have needs. But we are not able to provide them for ourselves. We cannot even exist by ourselves, but are upheld by God’s Word. We simply need to obey, trusting that God will provide everything that we need to obey Him. That is the key.
You are immortal as long as you are doing God’s will and are not finished. I heard that from an old preacher one time. It is true. God will always provide everything that you need to finish His work well. He knows much better than you what that work is and what you need for it, and He is always able to provide it for you. Hardships will come, but that is sometimes part of what is needed to help you finish His will. God allows things to happen to you that you may not like, but think: it is best for you where you are. Yield to Him and you can be sure that you are not making it worse for yourself.
Trust, believe, have faith. God knows. God cares. God is able.
With joy and peace in Christ,