“Therefore I say to you, do not worry 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?” – Jesus in Matthew 6:25
Jesus speaks against worry because we have a Heavenly Father who sees and cares about us. He who feeds and clothes the sparrow also watches over His children.
The world persuades us to worry. It is the way the commercial world—and liberal leftists—try to control us. If the public worries about climate change, they will ride bikes instead of cars. People will pay more to put corn ethanol in their gas, and agree to pay more taxes to change the course of what are merely nature’s seasonal fluctuations. We all are told to worry because “the sky is falling!” And more liberal government programs are touted as our only way to escape.
Ironically, I grew up in an industrial city (Houston) in a house that had asbestos in it. We rode bicycles without helmets and Spandex suits. We rode in the back of pickup trucks. And we even went to schools without (gasp!) metal detectors. We should have all died of worry. Especially since we kids chased after the county fogging Mosquito Control truck which sprayed our neighborhood with DDT. Horror of horrors!
In an age of high anxiety, concerned with global warming, identity thefts, public safety, and health, Jesus speaks that we are not to worry. Here is the only antidote to all our concerns: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6,7
So guard your hearts against worry. Don’t stress over the world condition. Instead, go to a hope filled weeknight prayer meeting. And be thankful. God is still in control.
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