Intro: Last night in our Embrace Grace discipleship class we talked about anxiety, fear, and worry. It is easy to be afraid of the unknown; certainly, for these brave young girls who are facing unplanned pregnancies there are many unknowns. They must face the challenges ahead and our prayer is for them to face each difficulty with faith in the love of the Father. He loves his children and wants to care for each of us.
In our passage today, Jesus is teaching his disciples about being concerned or worrying about life. He turns the disciples’ attention toward creation and how God orchestrates even the growth of the lilies. If God cares for the flowers, he will certainly care for his human creation. He challenges his disciples to act in faith. Then, Jesus calls for his disciples to focus on something very specific; where they place their attention will give them power to handle their worries in life. Jesus gives them directions for what must be their first response to any challenge. He tells them to pray/seek the Kingdom of righteousness, peace (wholeness), and joy in the Holy Spirit. Then, their act of faith will please the Father and he will meet the rest of their needs. This is wisdom for us all, because worry is a thief.
“Worry is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength—carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” Corrie ten Boom (Holocaust Survivor—author of The Hiding Place)
Luke 12:29-32 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.”
Prayer: Lord, thank you for being the Truth that sets us free from anxiety, fear, and worry about the unknown. Help us to focus on the Kingdom of righteous living that brings wholeness and joy to our lives. I pray for these brave girls that you have entrusted to us. Thank you for each one. Help us to lead them toward you, so you may love and care for them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.