The sky is falling! The sky is falling! One of my children’s favorite movies is “Chicken Little.” They love how it opens up with this little teenage chicken ringing the warning bell of the town he loves and lives in, while at the same time (with great angst and urgency) proclaiming to all who hear him “The sky is falling!” Ironically enough many in the evangelical church are ringing that same warning bell, while yelling to all who will listen, “the sky is falling, the sky is falling!” They seem to believe that the recent moral trends and political movements in our country spell almost certain doom for the church. However, is the sky really falling for the evangelical church? Should we be anxious and fearful about the future of our western world and its relationship to Biblical Christianity? Or on a more personal level should we live lives anxious over all the details that arise in the struggles of life.
A book from the Old Testament, which is the only book to not ever name God, teaches us the opposite. It is a book that has God as the main character though He is never mentioned. It is the book Esther. This story starts in the Persian kingdom under the reign of Xerxes whose anger towards his Queen (Vashti) leads to her banishment and ultimately to Israel's deliverance from the scheming Haman who seeks to destroy all the Jews in the empire. God providentially puts the pieces into place so that His people are preserved for His glory. The book teaches us to rest in the providential care of God, knowing He reigns over nations, our nation, decisions, and over all things.
Jesus taught His disciples this same principle in Matthew 6:31-34:
"31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Our singular focus is God's kingdom. Our greatest confidence, no matter how dark our days, is He reigns and delights to provide for His people according to His will. We seek to be faithful followers of Jesus and excellent citizens, but our confidence is not in the political arm of a party but the power of God over the nations and individuals. Therefore may we rest daily in His providential care as we strive to share the good news of His Son. May we be unshaken citizens of the kingdom of heaven even when all earthly kingdoms tumble down.