Scripture: Matthew 6:25-26, CEB
“Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are?”
When we look around us, we can't help but worry. The pandemic and its variants continue to affect the entire world, the latest war fills the news, and the millions of refugees have been added to the 11 million who have been displaced from their homes and countries by wars and natural disasters.
In addition, we live with work-related stresses, family conflicts, political disagreements, and the constant negative messages of catastrophes to come.
How can we not worry?
When we read the Sermon on the Mount, we realize that Jesus gave us new parameters and values that we can adopt every day.
When the world around us gives us reason to succumb to anxiety and fear, Jesus reminds us that the almighty God cares for us, and that we can confidently rest in his care and love.
So, when anxiety threatens to dominate your thoughts, pray the words of Psalm 23: "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want" and repeat it as much as necessary.
God the Creator, thank You for taking care of us each day. We rest in Your promise. Amen.