“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.”
Again, we’re given a “do not worry” from Jesus and the indication here is – don’t be pulled apart in different directions. Worry can draw and quarter you. (That’s an old torture method where they tie each limb to a horse and send them in four directions.) Sorry for the graphic, but it proves the point. Jesus is saying, “Don’t be like the heathen and worry about every little thing.” The Gentiles had fickle and flaky gods that were unreliable and couldn’t be trusted. You sacrificed your child to the god of the rains and no rain would come.
So where does that leave us? I once heard a preacher say, “If we really believe that God meets ALL our needs, then if we don’t have it, we don’t need it.” And Jesus is saying our heavenly “Father” knows what we need! He always watches over, protects, and provides for His own.
I can rest in that,
Pastor Gerard Deleeuw