“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.”
Each year, our school sets many different goals for our students. Many goals are academic, some are physical, and some are interpersonal. Our most important goals, however, are always spiritual here at LCA. One of those spiritual goals for the coming year can be summed up in the phrase, Take No Thought.
As Christians we are called to be a thinking people. The Bible is very clear that planning and prudence are critical virtues. We are also confident that each teaching of Scripture can stand up to any honest and careful critical thinking, from a six-day creation to a global flood all the way to Jesus Christ’s literal resurrection after spending three days in the grave.
The passage above is certainly not instructing Christians not to be a thinking people. Too often, however, thinking can turn to worrying. This is where Jesus Christ’s words quoted above can challenge each of us.
We should never be known as worriers. In fact, for a Christian, worry is a sin because it demonstrates a lack of trust in God’s love and a doubting of His promises. One preacher and writer, Rand Hummel, said it this way:
When you learn how to keep from being overwhelmed with anxiety and controlled by debilitating worry, you will have mastered the simple concept that Jesus is talking about here. “Take no thought.” Don’t worry. Refuse to allow what might happen tomorrow to paralyze you today.
Our goal at LCA this year as administration, faculty, staff, and school board is to demonstrate this kind of unfailing trust in our God so that our students will also learn that they can trust Him as well in all matters of life, large or small. In 1885, William Ogden wrote a hymn about the promises of our God. It ends this way:
List to His loving words, “Come unto Me”;
Weary, heavy laden, there is sweet rest for thee;
Trust in His promises, faithful and sure;
Lean upon the Savior, and thy soul is secure.