“Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” (Luke 12:24, NIV)
Jesus wants you to trust him to provide for you. He also wants to know how valuable you are to God. Let’s look at Jesus discussing ravens using the AROMA Approach to Bible Study method.
Using the AROMA Approach to Bible Study from my book, let’s see what Jesus says about us, ravens, worry and what we should consider.
Consider the ravens
— They do not sow or reap
–they have no storeroom or barn
–God feeds them.
Conclusion after consideration
–how much more valuable you are than birds!”
When we arrange the verse in this way, it’s easy to see God wants us to consider
- the dependence of ravens, considered a nearly worthless bird at the time
- The care and love God has for all of his creation
- our value in his eyes
Reading this verse in different translations fills me with the assurance of God’s care for me.
Jesus and his disciples would likely remember other Scripture about ravens and God’s provision as context for this teaching.
Psalm 147:9 says:
He gives to the beast its food,
And to the young ravens which cry.
Job 38 says:
“Who prepares for the raven its nourishment
When its young cry to God
And wander about without food?
God wants us to think before we worry. Jesus, walking on his journey to Jerusalem, teaches the disciples his Kingdom way.
From the previous verse, Jesus continues teaching about worry. The commandment not to worry had been given. Now, Jesus strengthens what he said with an example from nature. He gives a specific reason why we should not worry. The reason involves God and his character. Jesus builds on and emphasizes why we should not worry as discussed in Luke 12:22-23.
Worry is when we get wrapped up in ourselves and our concerns. God wants us to step away from self-absorption and consider HIS character, concerns and care.
God wants us to think about the ravens he created. Every morning they wake up and need food. They don’t hoard items. God takes care of their daily needs.
They are weak and needy. They have limited resources and are unable to work to provide for themselves. They don’t plant or harvest, the expected activities of all who wanted to eat in the agrarian culture of ancient Israel.
Even worse, they have no ability to store up food even if it’s given to them. Ravens can not store grain in storehouses or animals in barns to eat.
So how do they eat? God feeds them.
Will you believe that he cares even more for you and for me?
We can depend on God right now, today to take care of us.
Lord, Help us to trust you when you say you love is enough to care for us. Keep us from the anxiety of feeling like we need to stockpile or our needs won’t be met. Remind us that you are our storehouse, with treasures unimaginable for us. Thank you you using your might and power to provide for us. You are worthy to be praised! Amen.
Read, pray and then think on this word throughout the day.
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