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Devotion - September 8, 2019

Luke 12:22-31


Do Not Worry


He said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

Reflection by Duke Yaguchi


Why do we worry so? We are constantly reminded to let go and let God. Sounds easy. After all if we trust God, why not give up worrying? Because we know that there is evil in the world. We do trust God. We just don't trust other people. So we worry.


Here's another thought. Time is such a precious commodity. It is so limited. If we know that worrying is not a productive use of time, if we know that worrying is not a holy use of time, if we know that worrying is self-serving and not God serving, what could you do with all of that time if you no longer worried?


I hope you all take that as a little more motivation to consider today's scripture and fill your time, not with worrying, but with thanksgiving and actively serving God. Like the song by Bobby McFerrin, "Don't Worry Be Happy".


Prayer


Dear God. Help continue to send me reminders of the futility and wastefulness of worry. Thanks be to God! Amen.



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