We worry about our children. We worry about our finances. We worry about tomorrow. We worry about being hacked. We worry about food. We worry about political choices. Worry. Worry, worry. It’s epidemic. But it is also counter-Christianity.
Jesus gave us few commands but “Do not worry” was one of them. Instead of worrying, He encouraged us to consider the beauty of nature. Look at God’s care for the birds; how He has decorated the sky with stars, sunsets and sunrises and the occasional rainbow. He decorated the earth with flowers, and the beautiful colors of the trees turning colors in the fall. It was like He was saying, “We are closing shop for the winter but before we go, enjoy these spectacular colors to sustain you until spring.” It’s God’s firework display.
If God put that much care in the place we live, surely He will give His sons and daughters everything they need. So why worry?
Jesus gives a cure for our worry. “Seek first the Kingdom of God.” Ask for a greater revelation of God’s love, His goodness, His faithfulness, His character, our identity in Him. So instead of worrying, we hope, we trust, we believe we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
I have been accused of having my head in the sand. I guess to some extent that’s true. I have had my share of disappointment, my share of heartache. I have my list of yet to be answered prayers concerning my family. I must make a choice everyday: Do I worry or do I hope. Do I give in to the angst or do I trust. Do I focus on the what if’s or do I focus on the I Am? Do I put my trust in this world or do I Seek first His Kingdom? I will choose to obey his call, “Do not worry.” What will you choose?
“Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.”
Luke 12:22, 31 NIV