For the Christian Who’s Worrying

For any Christian who’s currently worrying about his/her life, remember what the Savior said:

And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 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! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 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. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

(Luke 12:22-31 ESV)

What an encouraging reminder that God provides all good things!  Now, this isn’t a license for Christians to be lazy.  Paul says, “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10).  But the Christian doesn’t need to be anxious.  God will provide.  Frankly, we have bigger to fish to fry (pun somewhat intended).  The Savior also tells us that man doesn’t live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.  So often, sheep, are we focused on the temporal and unfocused on the eternal.  We are so often caught up in the things of this world, that we ignore the things of Christ.  May God teach us to look at the temporal with an eternal lens, and may God help us to consider the things of this world in light of the things of Christ.  Our gracious Father knows what we need.  Let us seek His kingdom instead.

Today’s readings:

  • Psalm 19
  • Genesis 19
  • 1 Chronicles 21:18-22:19
  • Luke 12:13-48
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