Consider the lilies of the field

Matthew 6:31-34 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ (32) For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. (33) But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (34) “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

I heard that the latest reading of Nostradamus is that it all ends in 2012. NASA also has a report of a possible big solar event in 2012 that would wipe out electrical grids leading to chaos. There are no lack of anxious ideas about what will happen to the world economy. Tensions in the wider world, tensions in the person world… Focus… must not be anxious… must focus… on what?! 

Jesus says we are to focus on our value to God. Worry doesn’t work. God has chosen, for reasons we can’t yet grasp, to be glorified by redeeming people. He knows our needs and he cares. Our focus should therefore be on him. God as King, the ruler and provider, and us as trusting followers of him, seeking to learn and apply his wisdom, that is our best hope.

Will that solve everything? Not if we mean an untroubled life. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. The promise is that we will be wise and responsible if we make God the starting point of our approach to life. Wisely being the kind of person inclined toward God and his provision, wisely freed from useless obsession with problems beyond the power of our worrying.

Seek 1st : Kingdom of God, God in charge here and now, which essentially means calibrating who we are and do according to his ought-ness (righteousness).

Then: the stuff will be there, good and bad, enough to live out the purposes God has for us.

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