Sunday, April 27, 2014

Not a Care in the World

Read: Matthew 6:25-34

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.          
                                                                                                           Philippians 4:6

     I have two boys; Jackson is four, and Alex is one. Alex can’t talk yet. However, Jackson, who can, has never come up and asked me, “Daddy, where are we going to get the money to pay the next house payment?” He has never asked me if we were going to have the money to put gas in the car to go anywhere, and he has never asked me where his next meal was going to come from. We have been blessed enough that we have a house, a car, and food; but, even if his parents were dealing with the crisis of how to pay for those essentials, Jackson would not be concerned with them. He is not old enough or wise enough to understand how most of those things work, so he doesn’t bother himself with those issues. He is only wondering when is the next chance he will get to play with his toys, when is the next chance he will get to play outside, and when is the next opportunity to eat. In other words, he doesn’t have a care in the world. He completely trusts that his parents will take care of his needs, and that he can continue on with the things he enjoys in life without worrying about things like money or bills.
     Why do we, as children of the King, worry about the things around us? We are the sons of God, the One who controls the entire universe. What could we possibly have to worry about that He cannot handle for us? Yet, we worry about passing classes in school, we worry about where we can get money to attend youth trips, we worry about where we will go to college, and we worry about who we will marry. There are a thousand other possibilities of things that worry us on a day-to-day basis. “Be careful for nothing” does not mean to be careless about things for which we should take responsibility, but it does mean that we should have such a dependence upon God that we are not anxious or worried about any of the things that life throws our way.
     Children do not worry because they have a father and a mother who bear the load of responsibility for them. Why not allow our Heavenly Father to bear the load of taking care of our daily problems and needs? Because, you see, for Him, they are not problems and needs, they are opportunities to show His children how much He cares for them by supplying the comfort they need to handle those difficulties.

Quote of the day: “It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Worry is rust upon the blade.”             - Henry Ward Beecher

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