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Banks failing, people panicking, pundits throwing LOTS of money at problems that don’t seem to go away as a result – these are turbulent times! What do we do when the financial bottom drops out? Most people worry!
Worry is such a common reaction to forces outside of our control. But listen to Jesus today … in a longer, but time-perfect passage
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:25-34 (NKJ)
We become like Jesus when …
o We focus on God our loving Father in financially turbulent times!
Jesus reminds us of six key facts for turbulent times:
- Life is more than stuff!
- You are of more value than the animals God feeds every day!
- Worry doesn’t do one single positive thing for you!
- Worry is, in actuality, a demonstration of our lack of faith in God’s love and grace!
- If we will seek God’s agenda, we will never lack for what we need!
- Stay in today – it has enough troubles!
As you listen to the news reports, may I suggest something? Today would be a good day to spend AT LEAST as much time reading God’s Word as you do listening to the news. After all, He knows what the future really holds!
© 2008 By Dr. Matthew Lee Smith
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