Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
Week 36 Day 1
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Matthew 6: 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Anyone, at any stage of life is prone to the kind of anxiety Jesus speaks about. The worry over stuff drives many people to do things which are so far beyond the pale as to beggar the imagination. Recall if you will the incident several years ago now when a young man was murdered for his sneakers simply because the brand and style had become a status symbol in the culture of the youth of that day. And again, recall the paranoid ramblings of a national leader, (pick one, there are so many) fearing the loss of power and control.
What is Jesus’ answer to all of this worry? TRUST GOD. In all things we learn our priorities from our context, from our goals, and from the cues of those with whom we surround ourselves. These, unfortunately are the very areas of our lives where Satan comes and whispers those most heinous words as he did in the Garden so long ago. “Did God really say…?” With doubt comes worry. With worry comes desperation. With desperation comes the two pronged trouble that brings so many people down. First there can be a loss of trust in God’s provision. Second, in desperation we grasp for the easiest solution, which is to take matters into our own hands. From this arises the sin which once, perhaps, dormant, now fully formed will lead us to our doom.