Do Not Worry
“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? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”1
With everything happening in the world around us these days, it is only natural for people to start feeling a sense of worry and anxiety. Every night the news seems to state that there are more confirmed cases of the virus, schools remain closed, non-essential businesses have closed, and we are encouraged to stay home. In addition, going to the grocery store and seeing empty shelves can be a little concerning, especially when it has been going on for a couple weeks. We are living in a time where people are acting in panic, and although a pandemic can bring great uncertainty and worry, we can find peace in the midst of it.
Does this mean we should ignore the precautions our government has established? Not by any means. Romans 13:1-2 reminds us to be subject to the governing authorities because God has established them. We are wise to heed advice for preventive measures, but worry should not dominate us.
As Christians we have the certainty that God is faithful. He will provide all we need according to His will when we seek Him first. He cares for us and calls us to cast our anxiety (worry) on Him. Let us choose to trust the One who holds the future and may we actively live out our faith by being a presence of peace and generosity to others.
Suggested prayer: “Dear Heavenly Father, during times of uncertainty I choose to seek you first above all else, knowing that you are with me and you care for me. You alone are my Rock and I trust in you. Even when times seem uncertain, you remain our steadfast foundation and hold the future in your hands. I praise you and thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
1. Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV).
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Richard (Dick) Innes unless otherwise stated.