I've been pretty anxious lately. Anxious about work, anxious about housing, bills, family, the future. It seems like as soon as I wake up, the adrenaline starts flowing. Add a bit of caffeine and for the first part of the day my stomach feels like a volcanic cauldron. I am not unique in this. In many ways I think modern-day America can be defined by a populous with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
From our own experiences, we can all agree that as anxiety grows and branches out in our lives, it can also morph into fear, anger, apathy, and other nastiness. Anxiety can also cause ulcers.
As Jesus points out in this passage, anxiety in and of itself is an illogical state of being.
"which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life" Luke 12:25
Anxiety is also a reflection of a lack of faith. God clothes the lilies and feeds the ravens. If we trust his Word and believe that He actually sent his Son to be sacrificed in our stead...why on earth would we think that he would neglect us?
I am particularly interested in how this passage seems to shift about 3/4 of the way through. Around verse 30, Jesus makes a really profound which completely sums up our modern-day culture, especially here in Miami:
"And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things," Luke 12:29-30
I think He's talking about greed and excess. It's why we now have T.V. shows about "hoarding," and the ridiculous extravagance of the Kardashians. It's the throbbing compulsion that human beings have to collect as much stuff as we can, because life is uncertain. And for those who are uncertain of what happens after, there's that saying, "he who dies with the most toys, wins."
But Jesus goes on to say:
"Sell your possessions and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys."
And then here's the kicker:
"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
So let put our hearts where they are meant to be and be at peace in the understanding that God is in control, God will provide exactly what we really need, and that our real treasure is in heaven.