Day 135: Warming, Working and Worry

Luke 12:25-28 :

Which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his height? If then you aren’t able to do even the least things, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow. They don’t toil, neither do they spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if this is how God clothes the grass in the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith?

Worry really is a sin for a Christian. The Bible tells us over and over again that God is pleased with our faith. Faith means that when we hear what He says, we actually believe it. Faith is not wishing really hard for something, or never giving up a dream. Real faith is trusting God’s word. What you have faith in is more important that simply having faith. When the Bible talks about having faith, it’s talking about having faith in God and His word.

Jesus shows us in these verses that worry is caused by a lack of faith. This means that worry is a serious sin because not having faith is so serious. How is worry tied to faith? It is tied to faith because when we worry about our lives we fail to remember that we don’t have much to say about them. We can’t make ourselves grow by worrying and there are many more very small things in the world that worrying won’t change. That reminds me of this “Global Warming” issue.

If the concept of “Global Warming” were based on true science, it still wouldn’t be a good idea to worry about anyway. If we are living humbly with God, we can count on Him to save us as He has promised. Worrying about global warming or climate change is a sin because it suggests that God doesn’t know what He is doing as King of the universe. If we follow His word and take care of creation that is enough. We don’t need to take over God’s job. We simply need to trust Him. It is far more likely that an attempt to take over God’s job would result in a much bigger mess because we were never intended to control the world in His place. It makes far more sense to pray and ask God to help us than it does to worry about something that we can’t change like the weather.

Notice that Jesus says that God Himself clothes the grass of the field. He is quite capable of destroying humanity before the earth is too far gone to repair and believe me, He will reduce the human population as He has promised in the Revelation. We are commanded by God to take care of the earth, so we should do it, but we should do it along with all of the other things that the Bible clearly states.

We give power to those we fear. When we fear mankind, we give more power to mankind. When we fear only God, we trust in Him alone.

I don’t believe that Jesus is giving us permission to stop working for a living here. I think He is simply showing us that when we have faith, we recognize that, if God freely gives beauty to the grass that is very momentary, He will also give us what we need because we are created in His image and intended to live forever.