There's a lot going on in the world right now. I think it's fair to say that this is the most tense the world stage has been in a while. It's times like these when people begin to worry about the future, for both those involved and, potentially, the rest of the world. Jesus says in Luke 12:4-5 “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell." The Lord reminds us here that God is sovereign. No power on earth is worth worrying about when He is watching over us. Regardless of the state of national affairs, God's comfort is always readily available to help us through life's troubles. In our toughest times, nothing is more comforting than knowing that God sees all of our struggles. God has the power, the time, and the love to watch over all of His creation. Luke 12 is one of my go-to passages of scripture, and I doubt I'm alone in that. In verses 22-31, Jesus says that God consistently provides for all parts of His creation, from the birds to the flowers. He ensures that they never have anything to worry about. Yet, God loves no part of His creation more than us. After all, God made us in His image. He says in verses 6-7 "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows." So, if we are worth that much more than sparrows, which have no reason to worry, then why would we ever have to worry? Now, I'm well aware that's always easier said than done. I, for one, never seem to stop worrying. Nevertheless, God shows us here that no matter what troubles we face, He has already accounted for them and He will always make sure things work out in the best way possible. As much as we may wonder and worry about what is to come, we can always take comfort in knowing that God is in control over everything, and that He is always looking out for us. The future is in God's hands. There's no place I'd rather it be. No matter how bleak parts of the future may look now, God knows the result. We just have to trust that He'll get us there. He will. He always will. In the meantime, we might need help along the way. No matter how big or small our problems may be, God sees our struggles and remains ready to aid us. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Our Lord is ready to help each of us carry our burdens. All we need to do is ask.
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