What I read today;
Romans 6; Matthew 6; Isaiah 6; Job 6; Joshua 6; Genesis 6
In his inaugural address in 1960, John F Kennedy made the following statement, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.”
After watching the Democratic debates last week and then listening to the Presidents response and many of the political pundits, it seems the new speech should go like this, “Grab all that you can from the government.”
Politicians play to people’s fears. Today people are afraid. Our society is worried about things that they cannot control. They are worried about problems that may or may not exist. Fear is a prevalent issue before all of us. We fear to lose our jobs, or we worry about our health care, then we pile student loan debt on our young people and instead of thinking about the future with joy they begin their working life worrying about paying back thousands in debt.
These are just a few of the things we worry about today. Back in Jesus day, it was more fundamental than that. Often times, people worried about getting enough food to eat. Clothing could be challenging to come by. They didn’t have a Walmart sitting down the street. There were diseases that we don’t have any more due to hygiene issues. They had soldiers on the roads who could arrest them for any reason. Yes, they had a lot to worry about.
Into the midst of this, Jesus says, “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
“Don’t Worry?!” You’re kidding me? With all the things going on in the world today, the only thing I do is worry about the things in my life. In fact, sometimes I make up things to worry about. That’s the problem, isn’t it?
Jesus doesn’t say we should not plan or work to pay our debts off, but what he does say is to quit worrying about the things you can’t control. God will handle the hard stuff. It doesn’t mean that we won’t have problems. It certainly doesn’t mean that God will give us everything our heart desires. It absolutely doesn’t mean that we won’t pay for our mistakes.
But it does mean that God has a plan. God will keep us safe and walk with us every day as we struggle through this life. More importantly, he already knows our outcome, and he knows our destination. Have faith in the God of the universe. He can correct even our bad decisions and lead us safely home.