February 20th, 2013: The Seventh Day of Lent
February 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
“These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.”
Remember our worry questions from yesterday? Christ has strong things to say about them. The word used for here “unbelievers” usually gets translated as “Gentiles;” people outside of the Jewish faith system and nation who don’t follow Yahweh. Romans and Greeks would have immediately come to mind – pagans who subscribed to their own cults, not least of which would have been the cult that claimed Caesar as a god.
Jews separated themselves from the religious culture at large by worshipping only one God – in fact, their monotheistic faith often led to them being called heretics by the world around them. Christ makes an interesting comment: despite all their gods, the basic cares and worries of life still predominated the thoughts and worries of the pagans.
It’s so easy to set up other things in our lives as a god – something we put our trust into, something we devote our time to, at the expense of our trust and devotion to our heavenly Father. Because these things are neither powerful or caring, we are left with worry. However, our heavenly Father is powerful, and he does care. And beyond that, Christ says he knows our needs. Can’t we trust our Father to do something about them?
This leads us to ask ourselves, in what ways are we like the pagans? These people who have many objects of devotion, and many worries to go along with them, remain in our culture and in our lives. Perhaps you know one – perhaps you are one. Lent is a great time to lay aside petty, unfulfilling cares and devotions and take on a renewed effort to place your trust in your heavenly Father.
Lord Christ, sometimes I replace you with petty things and don’t even know it. I don’t mean to – it just happens. Please show me which things I’ve set up in your place, and cast them down. Convict me of my sin, and bring me back to you. Help me release my worry, and trust you for all things. Amen.