As I look to the future during the first weeks of this new year, I find myself filled with all sorts of emotions. While I am excited to see what God does this year, I also find myself dealing with worry. I can’t help but worry about what the future may bring. Will this year be a good year or will it bring difficulty and hardship? I’m sure I am not the only one who feels this way. Maybe you are worried for your child as they start a new and yet unknown to them stage of life. Maybe you are worried about your job, not knowing how things may turn out for you this year. Perhaps you are worried about health issues that you are still struggling with in the new year. Worry really is a strange emotion. No one wants to worry, and we know that worrying doesn’t actually solve our problems. Even though we know this, we still can’t help but worry. God knows how we struggle with worry and Jesus actually addresses this in Luke 12.
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Luke 12:22-31
Jesus knows that we are prone to worry, but I love His response here. It’s just so poetic. He reminds us that God cares for everything from the crows to the grass and they always have what they need. If God loves the crows and even grass enough to provide for them, then how much more does He love us? Even better, Jesus reminds us that no one has ever solved a problem by worrying about it. In fact, it just seems to make my own problems worse. We should not worry about anything, but instead focus on God’s kingdom instead. When we do that, God will make sure everything else is given to us as well. As we fast and pray, be sure to erase from your mind any thoughts of worry for this year, because we truly know that if we dedicate this year to focusing on God’s kingdom, we will have everything we need.
Children’s and Technology Pastor