When we or those we hold dear seem engulfed in disease, relationship problems, or financial trouble, it’s tempting to focus on the distressing symptoms and lose sight of the good in our lives.
But Christ Jesus came to teach us a more effective way of dealing with difficulties. By his words and works, he showed us that what seem to be threats to our peace and well-being melt before the saving power of God.
No place in the Gospels do we find a situation where Jesus advocated a focus on problems or fears. The confidence he inspired instead came from his constant awareness of the presence and power of God. He spoke of God as a loving Father, and of the kingdom of heaven as within each one of us. He demonstrated a courage born of a deep trust in God.