Prayer for the day
Worship the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion; For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; he has blessed your children within you.
Scripture for the day
It doesn’t seem like Jesus lived in the same world we do. His call to his people to not worry about things that all of us worry about every day single day seems naive and shortsighted. How often can we actually follow such silly commands?
Yet Jesus really seems to believe that this is the way to be. He seems to genuinely believe that the call of God on His people forces them to move away from worry and toward trust in God.
The call of Jesus in reality is the call to rely on God for things that traditionally we rely on ourselves for. And it’s extraordinarily difficult. It seems like trust should be easy based on God’s character and care. Yet the call to fully trust God for the essentials is the most disobeyed command in the Scriptures.
We can see a few examples in Scripture of God’s provision that would allow us to move toward a posture of trust. One of the greatest examples is the story of David as he runs from King Saul. David and his men are constantly and relentlessly pursued by Saul and Saul’s men.
They are reliant on God for their safety, for their very lives. Even their food is provided by the man of God. This radical trust that Jesus calls to is based on the faithful nature of the God we serve, based on God’s regularly kept promises of provision and care and love.
And it’s the one response to God’s faithfulness that makes any sense.
May we be the kind of people who can worry less and trust more.