Scripture Sunday | Matthew 6:25-33
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All seasons of life have the potential to induce anxiety. If you watch the news frequently, you know this all too well. This election season is filled with what-ifs and unknowns. It is quite unnerving to watch the two candidates. We wonder what will happen on Election Day and the next four years. If we choose to find our identity in our candidate or the results of the election, it is easy to get anxious or discouraged. Luckily, we, as Christians, are called to find our identity in Jesus Christ, and He gave a wonderful analogy for how He cares for us in Matthew 6.
25 “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? 26 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? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
The Lord tells us to not worry about our life. Life is more than food and clothes (and politics!). He takes care of the birds in the sky by feeding them, and he clothes the grass in the field. The grass goes dormant every winter, yet the Lord makes sure that it turns green every spring. He made the even the smallest flower beautiful. People who do not have the joy of knowing Christ rightfully stress out about the small things, but we, as Christians, can have peace of mind and rest in the fact that the Lord knows we need even the most basic of necessities. Don’t you think that the Lord has this election in His hands?
This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t work hard on campaigns to help our candidate get elected, but it does mean that if our candidate doesn’t win, we will still hope and rest in the Lord’s faithfulness. We must put our relationship with Christ over our political affiliation and candidate preference, and “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” as verse 33 says. It’s a seemingly radical concept to place our relationship with Christ over everything else in our life, but, when we realize that God sent his only Son for us, it makes it all worthwhile.
God cares for you. He provides for you. He will sustain you through this stressful election season, and He will give you peace regardless of the outcome on November 9th. Rest easy and know that by worrying, you will not add even a “single hour to your life”.