Jesus’ command, “ do not worry saying, ‘What shall we eat?’” applies to us in 2014, just as it did to His believers in Palestine that many years ago. People still worry about what they eat and drink. We live in a culture that is constantly vigilant over diet and exercise. We want to control our appetites to maintain the benefits of good health and physical attractiveness at any age. Jesus admonishes us to seek the benefits of His kingdom rather than the material goods of this world. He wants us to be rich in faith unlike the pagans who think only of their mouths, and not their spiritual nourishment. This Thanksgiving, we may eat because God gives us food. But the knowledge that we are the objects of His love is of far greater worth. Let us seek Him over all that the world offers to entice us, resting from the struggle to get and spend and settling into His love, which nourishes our bodies and souls.
“ So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat? or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. (Matthew 6:31–33)