Luke 12:22-34 - Anxiety’s Cure
If you’re anything like me, there are many things in this world that cause you anxiety. I’m a bit of a hypochondriac and my wife is a nurse. Therefore, anytime she comes home to tell me about her day at work, inevitably she’ll describe some weird symptom that one of her patients presented with during her shift, which causes psychosomatic me to relate to the weird symptom, thinking to myself…yeah, I’m pretty sure I’ve got that. Note to readers: NEVER, and I mean NEVER google your symptoms. I’m convinced WebMD was created by some sort of demon spawn. Within three clicks you will be convinced you have 4 weeks to live, pushing you to freshen up your will and feed your kids ice cream for dinner. I joke, but honestly when I worry about my health, Jesus’ words in this text provide for me a solution to alleviate the anxiety that prevents me from fully enjoying my life.
To start, Jesus speaks specifically about food and clothing, two necessities of our lives. And let’s be honest here, in America the vast majority of us don’t need to worry about where our next meal is coming from or what we’ll wear tomorrow. If anything, our problem is that we have too much to eat and too many choices on what to wear. Now, there are those in our world where hunger and clothing are real problems, and Jesus will get to that later in this text (v. 33).
Jesus points out here that life is more than food and the body is more than clothes. He is telling us that there is more to life than what we can consume or accumulate. Oh, how often we fall into the traps of greed and materialism, propping up the temporal things of this world to a perch higher than the Kingdom of God. Worldly thinking is a portal through which worry and anxiety are given access to our hearts and minds. The antidote for worldly worries can be found in Colossians 3:1-4, which states, “Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” What a promise! We are hidden with Christ in God! He is our sustenance. He is our clothing. He will provide! And at His name, even the demons behind WebMD must flee.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, Our lives are filled with so many things to worry about. The world seems to grow crazier by the day. Would you draw us closer to You? Please replace our worries with Your peace. Let us recognize areas in our lives that we have placed above you, including our fears. Above all else, may we seek your Kingdom and Your righteousness, knowing that when we do that You will provide everything we need, namely more of You! Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. In Your Precious Name, Amen!