Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, 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. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
The disciple of Jesus is supposed to feel better, sense that he’s more secure, after reading this from His Savior. He should be comforted.
Now, Jesus is not saying that every single believer will be given more beautiful clothing than the flowers. Why do I know that? Well, Solomon himself was a servant of God, and Jesus just said that he wasn’t clothed as beautifully as flowers are. And of course Jesus Himself died with His clothes on the ground below Him, being gambled for by wicked Roman soldiers. And Paul, His greatest missionary, died penniless. I have to assume his wardrobe was relatively sparse.
So what is Jesus saying? How exactly is this supposed to comfort me if I’m a disciple of King Jesus?
He is teaching His followers that God cares for them more than He cares for flowers. God cares for them.
God almighty has an intention, a purpose, to care for wildflowers and grass and little birds. And each of His children is far more valuable than any of them. After all, the Father spent His Son to have them.
So, how do these words from Christ comfort a Christian? They teach him two things: (1) That he is precious to God Almighty, and (2) that this is a caring God.
And so whatever comes, the Christian can know it is for his good.