Watching the news brings very little encouragement about the state of the world. As global events are changing and unfolding, it is more imperative than ever for us to encourage ourselves with the promises of God.
Supply shortages, weird viruses and illnesses, unsettled foreign affairs, threats of war, food shortages, and global warming can make our heads spin and our hearts fill with worry.
“Jesus said that worry is sinful. We may dignify worry by calling it by some other name – concern, burden, a cross to bear – but the results are still the same … The Greek word translated “to worry” literally means “to be draw in different directions.” Worry pulls us apart.”
(The Wiersbe Study Bible, commentary on page 1401)
What are we to do if we find ourselves worrying?
Lately I have been focusing on the words in red in my Bible, the ones spoken by Jesus Himself:
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the sky, that they do not sow, nor reap, nor gather crops into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more important than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26, NASB)
Are we not much more important than they? But Jesus does not stop there:
“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!” (verse 30, NASB)
God Himself clothes the grass of the field, and trust me, my grass is pretty brown and burnt out right now. And He tends to it.
Luke gives us more details, telling us of God’s care of sparrows, the cheapest of birds in that time. In the telling, he lets us know of our great worth to God.
“Are five sparrows not sold for two assaria? And yet not one of them has gone unnoticed in the sight of God. But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not fear; you are more valuable than a great number of sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7, NASB)
We notice the birds and the grass, and know how He tends to them. Yet we allow ourselves to be consumed with worry. Jesus scolds us a bit as He says, “You of little faith!”
In the Bible Study, Sermon on the Mount by The Daily Grace Company, they used a phrase which has so stuck with me: “anxious obsession.” It is interesting how anxiety can become an obsession and so easily out of control.
The other morning, I was hand watering some plants outside. I was struck with how a little care each morning and night has kept my plants alive even in the midst of the heat and drought.
Perhaps that is what we need –
a little tender care of our souls,
both morning and night, from God’s Word.
Last week our family was on vacation and so, I did not get to read every post which was linked. This week I am sharing a post, not shared, but one which was read.
The pandemic caused us all to develop some habits perhaps without even realizing it. The habits have hung on longer than need be. Perhaps this post will inspire you to give up a few habits of your own. You can read “Three pandemic habits I’m absolutely done with” by Hannah Brencher HERE.
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.