February 23rd, 2013: The Tenth Day of Lent
February 23, 2013 § Leave a comment
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Christ concludes this section of teaching on worry with a final admonition. After telling us not to worry about the basics, and instructing us to chase God’s Kingdom, he then tells us not to worry about the future. “Today’s trouble is enough for today,” and many of us would wholeheartedly agree.
But we do worry about what the future holds, and there’s a lot to worry about! The world and national political scene, the state of the church, climate change, personal career moves, retirement plans… The list goes on and on. If we want to worry about what’s coming next, we certainly don’t have to look far. The trouble here is that many of these are legitimate issues that remain worthy of our attention and effort.
However, they will never be worthy of our worry. Christ tells us to remain present – devote our time and effort (not our worry) to what can be done today. Seek the Kingdom. If you want to worry about tomorrow, remember that tomorrow becomes today – and that God has today under control.
When it comes to worry, Christ has taken basic necessities and the future off of the table. He tells us not to worry about these things! How much of our worry comes from things that would fall in one of these two categories? And if it doesn’t fall in one of these two categories, is it really worth worrying about to begin with?
Christ desires his followers to be characterized by their lack of worry. Not their lack of care, attention, effort, or action – but by their lack of worry. A high goal, to be sure! However, this is the standard of God’s Kingdom that Christ sets for us. Today, let’s focus on surrendering our worries to Christ. And not just today, but tomorrow, and the day after… This process might take a while, but it is a process that Christ calls us to.
Lord Christ, I know that you have not given me grounds or permission to worry about things that you have taken care of. If I can admit it to myself, I know that you have taken care of my needs and what is to come. What else is there to worry about? Help me to surrender my worry to you and to trust you in all things. Amen.