Scripture

Matthew 6:25-34

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?

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.

Reflection

Most people worry. Every day. They worry about family, safety, money, health, jobs, school, friendships, and the future, just to name a few. Jesus knows we worry, so he talked about it in his time on earth. Jesus told the people not to worry, and he knew that was not easy for us. Even Jesus had worry, expressed in his time of wrestling with God in the garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-45). So Jesus gave direction on how not to worry.

Our task is to live in and for God, God’s kingdom, God’s purposes and ways. Jesus taught us what this looks like. He loved God with all of his heart, soul, and mind, and he loved others. We can do this. God’s promise is to assure our future. Only God can do that. This is where faith comes in. Trust God who has proven He is trustworthy in Jesus Christ. If our focus is on God and God’s kingdom, worry will fade. If our focus is on our own kingdom, worry will grow. Focus on the first, trust God with the rest. 

Prayer

Creator God, I give you thanks for the very breath of life your grace gives me today. I know I have no control over what will happen in it. I choose not to remain in fear, or dwell in uncertainty or anxiety about the possibilities. I chose to embrace this day without complaint, gratitude instead. I give this day, this life back to you. May you use me to bless others. In Jesus’ name,  Amen.