Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body…But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, for    tomorrow will bring worries of its own.”

Jesus, Matthew 6:25, 33-34

For many of us, it has already begun. We have begun worrying about the issues of 2018. Unfortunately, some of us are bringing into 2018 issues from 2017. We faced troubles in 2017 and we will face troubles in 2018!

The reality of life and living is this: we will face challenges. We will face obstacles. We will face health-related concerns. Our finances might push us to the limits. The mountains probably will grow taller and become difficult to climb.

For the eternal pessimist, this is how we are looking at 2018. For the optimist and faithful, we will stand on God’s Word and the words of Jesus. First, we affirm as Paul shared with the Christians in Rome, “All things work together for good… (Romans 8.28).” Additionally, we stand firm on the words of Jesus, we will not worry about our lives – what we will eat or drink or about our body – what we will wear. If God takes care of the birds of the air, God will take care of us.

I watched carefully this past week as birds and squirrels navigated around searching for food. It was brutally cold, but that did not stop them from searching for food and finding what they need to survive. God took care of them just as God has vowed to take care of us.

Because we have the assurance that God will provide, one resolution that all of us should make is that we will strive “first for the kingdom of God and His righteousness….” Our first priority must be on pleasing God, our Provider.

Focused on God, striving to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, 2018 can be a very successful year. Despite all the chatter, complications, and frustrations around us, we do not have to allow what is around us to dictate the steps we make. Our steps must be ordered by, guided by the Lord. We must make the commitment not to worry about those things we cannot change and those things we must experience. Instead of worrying, we must ask what can we learn from them and how can we glorify God through them.