We all have things we could worry about. My husband and I have a house in Florida that we’d really like to sell, but because we moved there in 2006 before the market crashed, we just can’t afford to sell it. Real estate isn’t moving, and even if we could find a buyer, we’d have to pony up so much cash to close that, at this point, we couldn’t do it. I don’t know how we will ever get rid of that house, and I could worry that it will just be a millstone around our necks for the next thirty years. But I don’t. I could also worry about my boys growing up in this world that is so dark and far from God. I could worry about the fact that my oldest son appears to have every challenging character trait that my husband has. And even worse, I could worry about the fact that my middle son appears to have every challenging character trait that I have. I could worry about the fact that my youngest son doesn’t mind worth a hoot, climbs under the nearest table if you tell him “no,” prefers to watch Dora the Explorer to reading books, and is disturbingly wedded to wearing diapers. I could worry about these things, but I don’t. I think by nature I’m just not much of a worrier, but I also trust that God is in control and that He has a good and perfect plan.
Now, I realize that my present list of potential worries is light, as in featherweight light, and that many people are burdened with true crises. Some are facing serious illnesses or the breakup of their marriage, some people are in the midst of watching their child suffer, others have even lost a child. And although I haven’t experienced these things myself, I’ve witnessed the heartache of all of them. I also know that our worry list is never static; I’m thankful for the blessings and the absence of heartache and worry in my life today, but I’m also certain that this will not always be true. And when that day comes when I’m worried or broken I want YOU to spur me on with the truth of Hebrews 2.
Because the truth we find in Hebrews 2 applies to ALL situations: “In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him.” (v.8) What’s the key word in that verse? NOTHING. There is nothing that is not subject to Jesus. He is sovereign. He is in control.
May we hold to this truth firmly in good days and bad. Jesus is on the throne. He is in control. He is good. He loves you. God left nothing that is not subject to Him. Let us believe that and live by it everyday.