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Worry not about what you will eat…

“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 important than food, and the body more important than clothes?Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

[Matthew 6:25-27]

We spend a good part of our lives worrying. So often, we worry about things over which we have absolutely no control. When Jesus says,”do not worry,”he is saying don’t be pulled in different directions. Our fears pull us in many different directions. Initially they pull us in one direction then they pull us in another direction. This becomes so intense our minds go into crisis and eventually make us sick. Worry causes a litany of illnesses, some of which are: depression, diabetes, hair loss, heart disease, obesity, ulcers, cancer, and high blood pressure.

We worry about our personal health, family health, our jobs, mortgage payments, and numerous daily issues. Some of these we create and others are totally out of our control.

We immerse ourselves in the problems of this world and neglect the only one who can help us, God. Jesus tells us that if our minds were set on God, we would not have all the worries that we have. He told his disciples that they should not let the care of worldly things cause them to divide and pull their minds into pieces.

The creatures of the earth and things of nature fulfill their natural purpose, as a result, God feeds and clothes them. We humans are so permeated by our personal wants and needs, we have become distracted and as a result, ignore our purpose from God. Therefore, we come up short.

Jesus does not condemn planning. We should be prudent in planning our bills and pray for our daily bread. Unfortunately, we have planned so well, we have locked God out of the picture. As a result, we have our failures. These bring worries.

We trust in everyone and everything else but God. When we have our setbacks, instead of running to God, we run away from him. Many Christians stop going to church. They isolate themselves from their brothers and sisters in Christ and eventually, they find themselves so far away from God they end up in a wasteland where there is only death.

We need to learn to trust God; otherwise, we will continue to do what Jesus warned his disciples against, worrying. By worrying, we cannot add a single day to our lives. Yes, God is the creator of the heaven and the earth. He created the birds of the air and the animals of the forest, but more than that, He is our Father. We mean much more to Him than the birds, animals and plants. Therefore, if He cares for those things of lesser concern, then He would most definitely care for humanity.

Many of the things that we spend much of our lives thinking and worrying about are not as important as we make them out to be. We want bigger houses, three times more than we need. We must have automobiles that surpass our neighbors’. Then our concern about them being damaged by someone who gets too close, sends us into a tailspin. We agonize over this and develop stomach ulcers. We immerse ourselves into our jobs and recreational activities, that we ignore our God.

Jesus tells us to look to God. He is the most important in our lives. The things of the world are not constant nor are they able to crossfrom life to death with us. Therefore, trust in God. We have to deal with Him in both life and death. Amen

Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, Pastor The Lutheran Church of Nassau, P. O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bah. Phone 323-4107 ; E-mail: lutheranchurch@coralwave.com : Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.

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