Human nature is to worry. We worry about the economy; we worry about our health; we worry about our family; we worry about work, school, the neighborhood, and the government. There are so many things that can keep us up at night if we allow them to.

Human nature is to worry, but Jesus told us not to worry. I cannot think of a single problem I have ever resolved by worrying about it. Can you? I am powerless, with so many things out of my control, but the Lord is capable of doing anything. Rather than worry, we should trust Him to handle our problems.

Jesus used ravens and lilies as examples of things that do not worry, and yet their needs are met. In Luke 12:24 He said, “Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!”

Then in verse 27 He added, “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”

So when are we allowed to worry? I think, according to Jesus, we can worry once the ravens all starve and the flowers all wilt. Until then, we should keep trusting in God.

Jesus said not to worry

But is it ever allowed?

Can I have your permission

When my world’s turned upside down?

So Jesus said He’d let me

In one situation

When the ravens have no food

And the lilies have no sun.

As long as ravens have food

And the flowers still will grow

I will keep my confidence

In the God who loves me so.

If He provides for the field

And even for the raven

Then why should I ever doubt

That will help His children?