03/30/20 Worry

READING: Deuteronomy 27-31, Luke 12

I admit that these days seem ripe for worry. The world is almost stopped under the threat of the coronavirus. Nations have closed their borders. Economies are tanking. Individuals are watching their retirement dollars disappear. Churches can’t even meet together for in-person fellowship—and some smaller churches are surely anxious about their survival.

But then I read today Jesus’ words to His disciples: “Therefore I tell you, don’t worry about your life, what you will eat; or about the body, what you will wear. For life is more than food and the body more than clothing.  Consider the ravens: They don’t sow or reap; they don’t have a storeroom or a barn; yet God feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than the birds?” (Luke 12:22-24). If God takes care of the birds, surely He will take great care of those created in His image.

Worry, then, is an expression of disbelief in God’s care for His children. Moreover, no one can add even one moment to his life by worrying; in fact, worry might even shorten one’s life. We don’t resolve the issue over which we first worried, and that continual worry becomes controlling and debilitating—which gives us even more to worry about. Seeking the kingdom of God—what we must do—gets overshadowed by living in anxiety.

May God help each of us today to put our faith in Him, go to Him in prayer, and leave our burdens at His feet. We can trust Him to meet our needs.

PRAYER: “Help me, God, to turn my worries over to You today.”

TOMORROW’S READING: Deuteronomy 27-31, Luke 12