Our needs can all be met through the Kingdom of God. No other group of people on earth has access to this marvelous treasury. Yet so many believers do not turn to the Kingdom for their needs. Why?
Luke 12:22-32 says, "Then He said to His disciples, "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on.
23 "Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.
24 "Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?
25 "And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
26 "If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?
27 "Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 "If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?
29 "And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.
30 "For all these things the nations of the world [gentiles, or people without a covenant] seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.
31 "But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
32 "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
We need to be like the ravens [birds] in verse 24, we must work hard to find the hidden treasures. The word "raven" comes from a root word, which means, "to eat enough to be full and satisfied."
Birds work hard for their food. They must arise early and fly to a field where there are worms. They must dig for the worm. They must fly back to their nest with the worm.
This is not easy work, but it is still not like the work of the gentiles [unbelievers], because the Word says that God feeds the birds. In other words, the Lord has much pleasure in hiding the worms for the birds. He feeds them, yet He expects them to work to find what He has hidden.
In the same way God feeds us. He does not come and drop grapes in our mouths, but He hides our treasures like He hides the worms.
Our treasures, our "worms" are Kingdom things. They include the presence of God, the secrets and mysteries in the Word of God, and understanding the way God is dealing with us in the circumstances of life.
It takes hard work to find these hidden treasures. It takes diligent seeking on a daily basis. Worms won’t keep overnight. Jesus and Paul often prayed several times before receiving an answer. It takes "pressing in" to the Word and prayer to mine out these treasures.
Proverb 2:4- If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasure.;
Proverb 8:21- That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, That I may fill their treasuries.
"Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom"(Luke 12:32).
The issue is anxiety and worry. This can apply to almost anything in our lives, anything that is a genuine felt need. The gentiles [people who have no covenant with God] spend their whole lives seeking these things. Just look around and see what most people are spending most of their time doing.
"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin. Lilies grow because they contain life. We contain the life of God.
We are to be like the birds and the lilies, not the gentiles.
Larry Chkoreff October, 2000