“Then He said to His disciples, ‘Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to your stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?’”
Luke 12:22-26 (NKJV)
Do you remember the Rubik’s Cube craze of many years ago? They are still around today, but no longer the ‘must have’ they once were. Some people could do them in a matter of minutes, but I always seemed to struggle to get all the colours in the right place. No matter how I twisted and turned, some of the colours always ended up on the wrong side. Usually I had to ask one of my children to sort out the mess I made and get all the different colours in the right place on each of the six faces of the cube.
Do you sometimes feel like that about life? No matter how hard you try, something always seems to be in the wrong place for you, maybe physically, emotionally or spiritually! It may be a personal situation or something external that you have no control over. For example the government raising the pension age, or the result of the Brexit vote which makes you feel something is out of place.
Christians also suffer from the ups and downs of life, from the feeling that the colours are in the wrong place, but they have some special knowledge and promises that re-assure them that it does not matter. They are promised that God, in the person of Jesus Christ, has already guaranteed that all the colours on their life’s Rubik Cube will be put in the right place for them. Christians can relax, knowing that in or out of the EU; under a government of any political persuasion; in whatever physical, emotional or spiritual situation they find themselves in; God is in charge of their lives and futures.
Whatever your current situation, however mixed up the colours of your life are, why not pray for help and guidance? Don’t feel you have to come to church to pray for help. Pray about your problems, ask God to show you that He exists, that He is real. If then, at some point in the future you feel the need to come to church, that’s great, you will be welcome. But God’s love is unconditional, so put it to the test and see if the colours of your life can be put in the right place for you. With God, nothing is impossible.
Gracious, loving Father, help us to be willing to ask for help and trust You to supply our needs, whatever they may be. In Jesus name we pray.
Study by Keith Hartrick
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association
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