In the All Comers class this past Tuesday, we studied Psalm 139. By the time we got to verse 23, we were pressed for time—which is a shame, because that verse is (from our perspective) one of the most pertinent and comforting verses in the entire psalm. It reads, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties.”
Oh, boy. I need that verse. Maybe you do too. In our politically-charged, pandemic-hit, polemically-divided society, many American hearts are overflowing with anxiety. Many in our country spend their days with furrowed brows and spend our nights with eyes that just will not fall asleep. Anxiety.
Jesus is the answer. He is the answer to personal anxiety; He is the answer to national division. Jesus is the answer.
As we all begin our week, let’s all take a moment to let His words soak over us:
Mt 6:24-34 (ESV)
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore 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. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
As we repeated over and over again last Tuesday: God is there. God is aware. God cares. Whatever weight is on your mind this morning, let it go. Give it to God in prayer. As Peter said, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7). Wow. What more could we want?
As we embark on this week together, let’s all take a moment to pray along with the Psalmist: “Inthe multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul” (Psa. 94:19).