“Look at (consider) the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your Heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are?” (Matthew 6:26).
“Look at (consider) the lilies of the field and how they grow…if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you” (Matthew 6: 28, 30).
What a reminder today of our Heavenly Father’s compassionate care! Just as Jesus shared these words with His listeners, illustrating why they did not need to worry, the same is true for us today!
“To consider” means “to think carefully about something.” Just as the cure for worry can be found in considering His care, the cure for weariness and even self-focus can be found in what we are thinking about:
Considering His care can cure us of worry (Matthew 6:26, 28, 30).
Considering His example can cure us of weariness. (“Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:3)
Considering His handiwork can cure us of being impressed with, and focused on, ourselves. (“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that You care for them?” Psalms 8:3-4)
Let’s consider what we are “thinking carefully” about today! It can lead to either peace or worry… encouragement or weariness… a focus on ourselves or a genuine awe of our Creator…