“So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not.
And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith!
“So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.” Mat.6:25-33
The Matrix tells me that these words of Jesus cannot simply be true. Cows dying, aquifers drying. Politicians playing their jingoistic harps while our forests disappear. Inflation, fuel and food prices rising. Power and water rationing. Layoffs and job insecurity everywhere. How not to worry when there’s so much to worry about? Is this the opium of the masses they talk about?
Absolutely not. Jesus’ words are as practical today as they were when he spoke them. And rather than opium, they provide us, His followers with an opportunity. An opportunity to be purveyors of hope rather than gloom: An opportunity to serve God to the fullest and leave the results to Him. An opportunity to live lives that say ‘I may not know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds tomorrow’.
Remember, it’s when its darkest that the light shines brightest.