Today’s Readings for the Daily Office
Psalm 89: 1-18 (Morning)
Psalm 89: 19-52 (Evening)
2 Kings 17:24-41
Dealing With It
Today’s scripture provides guidelines for how to cope with the life of faith in a troublesome world. In Corinthians, the apostle Paul, who was never married, assures us that being married is no obstacle to our faith. He asserts that “I have no wish to keep you on a tight rein; I only want you to be beyond criticism and be free from distraction in your devotion to the Lord.”
In Matthew 6, Jesus reminds us that we should not “be anxious about food and drink to keep you alive and about clothes to cover your body…Set your mind on God’s kingdom and his justice will come to you…do not be anxious about tomorrow; tomorrow will look after itself.”
Finally, in Kings we read about those who, after settling in the new land provided by the Lord, “did not pay homage to the Lord, so the Lord sent lions to prey on them.”
So here we are, enmeshed in a situation with a questionable government, ravaging hurricanes, all sorts of international threats to our safety and an ineffective football team. What are we to do? Well, our Lord makes it pretty clear. He asserts, “Set your mind on God’s kingdom and His justice before everything else, and all the rest will come to you as well. Do not be anxious about tomorrow; tomorrow will look after itself. Each day has trouble enough of its own.” I will pray today to do just that. Amen.
Written by Doug Cummins
Doug Cummins, now retired, taught theatre arts for over thirty years. While at Furman University, he wrote twenty short plays, under commission, for performance in the Sunday services of the First Baptist Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He adapted the Acts of the Apostles into a one-man production, which he performs periodically.