Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Facing The End of the World As We Know It

I have so many friends, both blogging friends and "real life" friends, that are anxious now. They are mostly anxious about the economy, but many are also worried about global warming or other ecological problems. The hardest thing for all of us right now is the sense that there isn't much that we can control about our future.

I saw this great little article by John Piper today, and I thought I would share it in hopes that it gives you some peace:

Jesus wants his followers to be free from worry. In Matthew 6:25-34 he gives at least seven arguments designed to take away our anxiety.

One of them lists food and drink and clothing, and then says, “Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” (Matthew 6:32).

Do not be anxious, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. (vv. 31-32).

Jesus must mean that God’s knowing is accompanied by his desiring to meet our need. He is emphasizing we have a Father. And this Father is better than an earthly father.

I have five children. I love to meet their needs. But my knowing falls short of God’s in at least three ways.

Right now I don’t know where any of them is. I could guess.

*They’re in their homes or at work or school, healthy and safe. But they might be lying on a sidewalk with a heart attack.

*I don’t know what is in their heart at any given moment. I can guess from time to time. But they may be feeling some fear or hurt or anger or lust or greed or joy or hope. I can’t see their hearts.

*I don’t know their future. Right now they may seem well and steady. But tomorrow some great sorrow may befall them.

This means I can’t be for them a very strong reason for not worrying. There are things that may be happening to them now or may happen tomorrow that I do not even know about.

But it is totally different with their Father in heaven. He knows everything about them now and tomorrow, inside and out. He sees every need.

Add to that, his huge eagerness to meet their needs (the “much more” of
Matt. 6:30). Add to that his complete ability to do what he is eager to do (he feeds billions of birds hourly, Matt. 6:26).

So join me and my children in trusting the promise of Jesus to meet our needs. That’s what Jesus is calling for when he says, “Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.”


Donna said...

Thanks, Joyce. I needed that today.

fullfreezer said...

Thanks, Joyce. i've been anxious about the uncertain times. I needed a reminder.

Green Resolutions said...

yes, thank you!

Nan said...

That was really, really good, Joyce. Thank you for writing it. I may have told you before that a dear friend of mine lives by these words, 'let go, let God.'

Anonymous said...

Some really good thoughts here. Thanks for sharing and I thank Nan for pointing me in your direction. I'll look forward to stopping again. It's hard sometimes to fathom how much we are loved by God isn't it?