This is an edited version of a post that appeared in Jacob’s Brook

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be have enough worries for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”  (Matthew 6:34)

Worry1I don’t know what to worry about anymore… Joblessness? Floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes? Climate change du jour (I keep forgetting if I am to fret over global warming or global cooling)? ISIS (or ISIL depending if you are throwing Israel in with the mix)? Domestic terrorism? Border control? Amnesty? Wearing animal skins (I don’t even own fur)? Bad corporations? Taxes? Bad cops? Bad jurists? Bad politicians? Corruption? Bad schools? Being green (which sensei Kermit says is not that easy)? School lunch programs? Whatever tragedy is besetting the self-indulgent celebrity set? Apparently it has a lot to do with my future, so I best worry about it unless I want to be though of as a troglodyte. It is prescribed for me daily by the media – what to talk about, what to think about, what to worry about.

I don’t listen to the news much these days. Oh, I check in to be current, but I don’t let the media determine the things I talk about or deem important. It used to consume way too much mind space. But when I met Jesus, I was finally able to give up my post as problem-solver of the Universe. I wasn’t that good at it anyway. That is the problem with our world… most of the people who know how to fix it are too busy cutting hair, driving cabs or pastoring churches to be able to put their full effort towards it. So we leave it to the professionals who find interesting ways to make a mess of things.

I’m not saying it doesn’t matter. But I have to unplug if I am going to begin to set right priorities. Satan’s game doesn’t change. He tries to get us to imagine a world without God in it. So we hear the news and we think about those horrible possibilities and we worry. We forget that God is in charge.Wherever Jesus’ people are things change for the better. His Kingdom people are not supposed to sit on the sidelines of the challenges of our day, but we are to be a force for change. We have a response to the world’s craziness that is thoughtful, measured and powerful. We make a difference – especially when we act together.

Worry 2Christ prescribed our work by the example of His own ministry – to free captives from bondage and stand against the brokenness of this world. We can do this if we will address the world together and as Kingdom people. The church does not exist in a vacuum apart from society. Our actions matter and our prayer matters, because we do not face these challenges alone. We have a God who listens and a powerful means by which to affect change, as Jesus Himself taught us…

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:9-10)

Some years ago I traded worry for prayer – it was a very good trade.

About marknicklas

Mark Nicklas is a husband, father, son and follower of Jesus Christ. He is a pastor at Beaverton Foursquare Church and an adjunct professor at Multnomah University, where he earned his doctorate in Cultural Engagement. Like Jacob wrestled with God at Jabbok, this site is a place for talking about the identity of the church with respect to the cultures we live in. You are invited to share the journey.
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2 Responses to Worry

  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s beautiful & so true

  2. Sarah says:

    Love this post! One of my life verses…matt. 6:34

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