Luke 12:22-28, “Then He said to His disciples, ‘Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. (23) Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. (24) Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? (25) And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (26) If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? (27) Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (28) If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown in the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?’”
We live in a fallen world, where the sin nature of man (Rom 5:12) is the root cause of the trials and tribulations in the world. In today’s culture, much peril surrounds us that would cause us to plunge into worry. Jesus Christ prophesied about the signs of the end times in which we currently live. He stated that we would have wars (and rumors of wars); nations rising up against nations, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places (Mt 24:6-8).
Our nation is on the brink of financial collapse. Our cultural as fallen into moral depravity and as a result violence fills our land. What is there not to worry about?
The key to overcoming worry is to focus on Christ through the many storms of life. In Luke 12:29, he commands us not to have an “anxious mind.” This means we do not allow “fear” to reign in our heart and thoughts. Those in the world have reason to live in fear because they depend on man to be their savior (i.e. rulers and governments). Believers, however,do not depend on man, but on God. God is the faithful Savior of those who place their trust in him (Ps 37:40).
We should keep our eyes focused on Christ through all challenges of life. That means, our hearts, its affections, and our hopes are all laid upon Christ as we pursue him. In HIM is the promise that our hearts so desperately groan and long for. Only IN HIM can we walk victoriously through all the storms that rage around us (Mt 14:25-32).
So, as Luke 22:31 commands us, seeking after God is the only cure to worry. The more we seek after him, the more our hearts (and its desires) align with His. And when our hearts’ affections align with God’s, then, and only then will we receive what we ask of him. It will be his will done, rather than our own will.
May God bless and keep you always in Christ Jesus, Amen.