What if that were this mornings headline in the newspaper? It was in February, 1949, when the post-war muscle-flexing was reaching new proportions between the U.S. and Russia. These are my great-grandpa Sears sermon notes with newspaper clippings warning of what could happen if a Nuclear War breaks out between America and Communist Russia.
That’s what was troubling then. What troubles you today in your life?
Do you believe that the same ascended King Jesus who was ruling and reigning then, is doing the same today? Hear again his words of what to do with your anxiety for today and for all your tomorrows:
“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 (Matthew 6:25-34).
I doubt that grandpa Sears is anxious about atomic bombs today; reading through his sermon notes and knowing the witness of his grandchildren, how can you be fretful standing by the One who held all your days in his hand? One day, whatever troubles you today and tomorrow will be used to show-off just how powerful the Risen Lord is – he can even old atoms in his hand (Heb. 1:1-3).