Matthew 6:26-30
Mat 6:26 (KJB)
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?
Jesus now offers an example from the animal world. He points out the fact that the birds of the air, do not sow seeds and then wait a few months for harvest. Once the harvest comes, the birds do not gather it into barns which must be built. The birds fly around and look for food and will find it without any thought of sowing, reaping, or storing. God the Father feeds them or in other words, He already has their food prepared and waiting for them. Then Jesus makes the comparison that people are more important to the Father than birds of the air. When an animal dies, it ceases to exist but if a person dies, they continue to live on in their soul existence, either in hell or in Heaven in their glorified bodies. Jesus is assuring them that God knows what they need and will supply those needs and therefore if God is handling the food and water, we need not be anxious about finding them. If that anxiety is missing from our life, then we can have peace and can serve the Lord without worry.
Mat 6:27 (KJB)
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
Does being anxious have any advantage? The answer is no. Jesus asks the question that if you live in anxiety, can it add one cubit to your height. The cubit was about 18 inches (46 cm) and no one could add even one inch to their height from being anxious. In fact, a person who lives in high anxiety will normally find themselves, not in good health, but continually sick until their body finally gives up and they die from it.
Mat 6:28 (KJB)
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
Jesus now picks another example from the world of botany. He asks the question, why would you be anxious for the clothing that you need? He points to the lilies of the field, and states that they grow and they grow without toil. They donít spin either, that is, they do not make their own clothes. The lilies grow according to the way God created them and in the environment He created for them. In other words, the lilies grow without any effort on their part. God brings the rain and the sunshine and the combination allows them to grow without them doing one bit of work. In the same manner, God supplies our clothing as well. He knows how He created us and the needs we have to sustain our lives and He will not forsake us.
Mat 6:29 (KJB)
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Then Jesus brings up King Solomon of which all the people would have been familiar. They would have known about his wealth and his wives and his opulent lifestyle. Yet, the possessions which Solomon had and all that surrounded him could not amount to the beauty of one of the flowers. When you look at the White House in Washington, D.C. and then see an Arizona sunset over the prairie, you tell me which would offer more beauty and inspiration? Godís natural creation always outshines the things created by man. What offers more beauty, a picture of Lower Manhattan in New York City or the Grand Tetons in Wyoming? What God creates, God can sustain without any problems.
Mat 6:30 (KJB)
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?
Jesus now takes the most common item being grass and states that God clothes the grass of the field with the beauty of the color green and then soon after it is cast into the oven when it is dry. In that area of the world, people used to use dry grass and straw to fire up a furnace or a stove to cook with. So one day, the grass is green and the next day it is dry, usable only for fire, and since God allows this cycle to continue, would He not clothe His children. Then Jesus makes it a question of faith because anxiety and anxiousness are totally opposed to faith in God. One cannot claim to have faith in God while they are anxiously toiling for the worldís goods, even the necessities of life. If one can have faith that God can save you for eternity, donít you think He could supply clothes and food?