By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Think about the people that Jesus is talking to as he shares his Sermon on the Mount. There was extreme violence and volatility in their world. They’re occupied by a foreign power, the Romans. The average lifespan is in the 30s or 40s. It is very dangerous to have a baby and very dangerous to get any kind of cold or infection. Food is not everywhere or plentiful. There are no social programs. There’s no welfare. There are no police. You never know what kinds of things people are plotting. It’s a dangerous world.
And Jesus tells them not to worry.
When you think of standards of livings and living conditions, if you compare this world to that, who has more to worry about? They do. If we had to deal with the things that the people in the ancient world had to deal with, we would just fall apart. It’s as Voltaire says, “History is a series of men walking up the stairs in wooden boots and down the stairs in silken slippers.” We have our silk slippers on, I think.
You look at that world, how difficult it was, but Jesus says that you don’t have to worry about anything. We can take so much comfort in those words. God’s going to take care of you.
Prayer: Dear Lord, over the centuries, people have had to face hard times. Even today, everyday life includes things that cause me to worry. I believe you when you say that I don’t need to worry. I believe with all my heart that you are going to take care of me. Amen.
Reflection: How difficult is your life today? Can you relieve your worries about the challenges by giving them to Jesus?