I am always amazed at the folks who stop me to talk about the most recent negative news reports. What will happen to the fiscal cliff? Will the stock market crash? What will happen to my retirement? Have I heard about the latest shooting? With twenty-four hour access to the news media we will always have some bad news to worry about. But…as followers of Christ, why do we worry so much?
For my generation there has always been bad news that causes us to worry. Do you remember these events?
The 1963 assassination of President Kennedy
The 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The 1972 Munich Olympic games massacre
The 1974 oil crisis that caused the rationing of gasoline
The 1979 Iranian hostage crisis
The 1999 Columbine shootings
Hurricane Katrina in 2005
The economic recession starting in 2007
The recent Newtown shootings of 2012
You see…there is always something to worry about if we are looking for it. However, do you really think any of this bad news catches God by surprise? Do you really think God sits in heaven trying to figure out what He will do with all these situations? Is God just wringing His hands with worry? The answer is simple. Of course not!
Matthew chapter 10 tells us this: What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. Even the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid…
What a powerful verse! God is still in control of this world and this universe and He will take care of you. So stop worrying about the cares of the world and instead focus on the wonderful life God has given you. Focus on those things that, with God’s help, you can change to impact this world for the kingdom of God.
I have great news for you. God is still in control!