Nations will go to war against one another, and kingdoms will attack each other. There will be great earthquakes, and in many places people will starve to death and suffer terrible diseases. All sorts of frightening things will be seen in the sky.

Before all this happens, you will be arrested and punished. You will be tried in your meeting places and put in jail. Because of me you will be placed on trial before kings and governors. But this will be your chance to tell about your faith.

Don’t worry about what you will say to defend yourselves. I will give you the wisdom to know what to say. None of your enemies will be able to oppose you or to say that you are wrong. You will be betrayed by your own parents, brothers, family, and friends. Some of you will even be killed. Because of me, you will be hated by everyone. But don’t worry! You will be saved by being faithful to me.
(Luke 21:10–19)

On more than one occasion Jesus encouraged people not to worry, whether it was about finances, clothing, food, or even persecution. The answer to worry that Jesus gave in all instances was the same. We don’t need to worry because God is with us. We know that he will give us the strength to endure whatever hard times might come. As the Psalmist wrote so long ago, even though we walk through the deepest darkness, God is always with us (Psalm 23). We are never alone. God is not unmindful of what we’re experiencing. He knows what we want, but better yet, he knows what we need. “It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.” (Psalm 127:2 NKJV). Worrying has never made anything better.

We shouldn’t give into worry. It is a liar. It is not our friend. It cannot help us, it cannot fix our pain. It is a wet blanket on a cold day, a broken wheel on our wagons. It cannot carry us, it cannot feed us, it cannot sustain us. It will only take and give us nothing back. Worry will not stop the sunrise. It will not ease the nightfall. And when enough tomorrows come we’ll be able to see better. And worry will seem less necessary. God will give us what we need, whether it is the perfect answer before our accusers, or the food to sustain us in our hunger.

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm the interim pastor at Quartz Hill Community Church. I have written several books. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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