Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ? Matthew 6:25-27
Jesus asked all these questions to the crowd He was teaching. It's interesting that 2000 years later the same thing is relevant. Did you know that during this pandemic anxiety medications have increased over 30%? And alcohol sales are up more than 25%. That screams fear and worry to me because so many people are self-medicating. We all have something we worry about. In fact Jesus said in John 13 that if you are breathing you will have troubles (worries) in this world. But, then He says, don't worry, I have overcome the world. Even Jesus had worry, like when He was in the garden before He was arrested. Jesus isn't saying these things aren't important, He is saying, if nature knows I will take care of them, But you are made in my image, don't you think I will provide your needs (not wants) also?
When you worry it's like standing in place and spinning around and around. The more you worry the more you spin. Sooner or later you collapse in dizziness, and you haven't gone anywhere, or accomplished anything but get dizzy. But when we focus on The Provider and not the provision, we will always lack for nothing. I like when Jesus says "and yet" because He means and yet, your bank account is empty, and yet, the rent is due, and yet, you are unemployed, and yet, everyone told me I was a failure, and yet, there is a pandemic happening!
When hurricane delta blew in last weekend with all the wind and rain I noticed something. The birds were still singing in the morning and flying around. The squirrels were still gathering for the winter. The storm had no affect on them. Whatever you spend your money, time and effort on determines your priorities. Just like your peace is determined on what you focus on. Jesus is saying take a lesson from the birds and the grass in the field. It may blow in the wind, but it will never be uprooted. So, the question is, where are you rooted? and how long are your roots? When you seek Him (The Kingdom of God) first, all these things (worries) will come to pass. When you start with God you end with God. When you start with worry, concern, fear, anxiety, you just spin and spin and end up with being dizzy and no peace. Don't worry, be Happy, He's Got This!!!
Pastor Michael Garcia
Overseer and Pastor at First Assembly HOEN