February 19th, 2013: The Sixth Day of Lent
February 19, 2013 § Leave a comment
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’”
Christ again tells his audience not to worry. In the previous verse, he asked the crowd, “Why do you have so little faith?” He then proceeds to give these questions as examples of what a lack of faith looks like. Like so much of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ teaching appears to fly in the face of conventional wisdom. Common sense tells us that these are basic questions of survival and existence, yet Christ tells us that these things should not be matters of worry.
When we talk about the coming of Christ’s Kingdom and its “already-not yet” nature, we have to give thought to what is the “already” and what is the “not yet.” Some aspects of our world have been redeemed and are being redeemed now; others have not been redeemed yet. The temptation here is to put this teaching in the “not yet” category.
Unfortunately, the words of Christ do not allow us to kick this can down the road, so to speak. This passage contains many verbs in the present tense – the “now” tense. Christ speaks of worries that happen now – and he says to stop worrying.
For some, the basic questions of food and clothing are “worry” questions; unresolved issues that cause stress and make us want to doubt God and his power and care. Christ would agree that these are significant issues, and that we should pursue solutions to these questions. However, Christ would tell us to not allow these issues to become opportunities for worry. Rather, while actively seeking answers, we should also pursue resting in God’s care as an answer – perhaps, the answer. Do you have “worry questions?” What are they? What stands in the way of you surrendering worry to God?
Lord Christ, you know all my worry questions. Beyond that, you know the answers. Please show me what I need to do to release the worry from these questions. Help me to let go of my worry and to trust in your power, care, ways, and timing. Amen.