Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Matthew 6:19-33

Every Christian needs larger doses of this text, especially in a recession. This is the application of what it means to have God for your Father.
  • You don't have to worry.
  • You don't have to treasure or love things that are fragile.
  • You are free to pursue eternal things which gives life substantial purpose and meaning.
  • Your Father knows what you need before you ask.
  • You can be free from the tyranny of money.
  • You can seek first the kingdom of God and be confident that God will take care of the details.
  • You can take lessons in God's care from birds and flowers.

1 comment:

Tiff said...

v. 31-32 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

I've wondered, with guilt for doubting, how to reconcile this verse with the people starving around the world. God knows they need food. Sometimes the "big picture" answer seems quite empty in light of the devastation. How does one pursue "eternal things" when they are starving? How does one become free of the "tyranny of money" when gaining a few cents might sustain their child for another week? I know the right answer (squirrel?) but my heart struggles with the harshness of it.

Read a great book last month and I strongly recommend it. Timothy Keller in "The Reason for God" addresses, among other things, how a loving God can be reconciled with the suffering in the world. Bottom line was, God expected and allowed Christ to suffer immeasurably, why would we expect our lives to be different? That's a satisfying answer when the only suffer we endure is distinctly American, but how would we react in the face of starvation of ourselves and families? How would we react to Christ saying "God knows what you need and will care for you" if we had nothing and then lost everything?