Trusting God

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


IN THIS Sunday's gospel (Matthew 6:24-34) Jesus teaches us not be anxious about the temporal things of this world? What we will eat, what we will drink, what we will wear. Of course he doesn’t tell us that to work for these things. As responsible Christians we should in fact toil and labor, and not become a burden to others. St. Paul, in his letter to the Thessalonians (2 Thess. 3:10) even went to the extent of giving this rule, "The one who is not willing to work shall not eat."

What Jesus is reminding us in this gospel is the importance of setting our priorities. Never should we let the pursuit for the needs of our bodies take precedence over the pursuit for the needs of our souls. Why? He gave us the secret, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).

We were created not to be enslaved by the material things of this world. Jesus made it crystal clear, "We cannot serve two masters. We cannot serve both God and money."

As we serve God, he takes care of our needs. The Bible tells us that our heavenly Father knows all of these needs even before we ask him. So why worry about anything? Worrying cannot add a single hour to our lives; on the contrary, our unreasonable concern for the future robs us of the joy of the present.

Our God is a loving God. Beautifully, he expressed this in the first reading, "Can a mother forget the baby at hear breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you" (Isaiah 49:15).

Do we trust God enough? The second reading (1 Corinthians 4:1-5) warns us that when the LORD comes, he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. Thus, may we, like the psalmist, sing, "Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken" (Psalm 62:1-2).

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 27, 2014.

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