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Worrying is God’s Job

Bible Excerpt Matthew 6:24-34
You cannot serve God and wealth. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? . . . ” So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Reflection
by Lillian Daniel

Sometimes today’s trouble is more than enough for today. When Jesus said, “Tomorrow will bring worries of its own,” did he really think people would feel better? When Jesus says, “Don’t worry,” that’s not the most important word. Everyone says that. It’s a throw-away line, often delivered by a bad listener.

What matters most is what Jesus says about God. Jesus reminds us that if it is anyone’s job to worry, it is God’s. God worries in a way that catches everything: the birds, the lilies, the feeding of the world. We can worry or we can not worry. But God is on the job.

In the meantime, we’re human, with the same anxieties people had two thousand years ago. We still worry about money. We have people whose lives depend on us. How will we pay for college tuition? How will the rent work out this month? Should you even open the envelope that tells you how your retirement fund is doing?

To that, Jesus recommends that we shift our perspective. Open the envelope or don’t, but ask yourself this: “Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” Of course it is. Even when today’s troubles are enough, or more than enough, there is always much to be thankful for.

Prayer
By worrying, I cannot add a single hour to my life span. But in prayer, I can draw closer to you, telling you, loving God, about my worries, so that you can release me to live again, in the moment. If you can keep track of the tiny flowers and the soaring birds, open my eyes to see them too. Amen.

About the Author
Lillian Daniel is Senior Minister, First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

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