When Jesus told us not to worry about the future because the birds of the air have nests and are fed even when they do not store up, I believe he wasn’t telling us not to bother working. But he was asking us not to fear (or be “anxious”) about the future. To do what is necessary (be wise), yet also have faith that God will see it through. Sounds simple doesn’t it?
Today, fear drives a lot of people. I sometimes see this especially in parents. From the moment the child is born, I hear of parents easily moving from joy to fear about the child’s future. Fear can be a powerful driving force in many lives and can come in many different forms.
I have to admit myself, that sometimes, noticing other people’s fears, makes me also fear for the same things. Fear is an infectious disease and a cancer.
Our cure does not depend on wearing more face-masks, waiting for the next best drug or worst still, going through an operation to remove a tumour. Rather, we can run straight into the Word of God which we are told is “alive and active, sharper than a double edged sword, penetrating and dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, discerning the thoughts and attitudes of the heart”. Hebrews 4:12.
If we believe and exercise our faith in using the Word of God as an instrument to combat fear and all the other invisible diseases of the soul, we will no doubt see miracles and be as free as the birds Jesus spoke about.
Father, I pray that your Spirit open our spiritual eyes and heart to receive your Word and I pray that your Word will not only enlighten the way, but also kill off the cancers of life that so easily entangle our lives.