Today we think about Creation, reading Genesis (1:1 – 2:3), and then from the sermon on the Mount Matthew 6:25-34. Creation is an idea many of us have grown up with, so much that we find it hard to imagine alternatives. Christians see God as one who is responsible for the (original and undamaged) Universe, who made things and declared them good. That means we cannot see the world and ourselves as mere accidents, nor can we see material things as somehow “unspiritual” or an obstacle to deeper understanding. Wasn’t it CS Lewis who said (roughly) “God likes things, He made them”, and went on to remind us that the use of bread and wine in the eucharist, and water in baptism, shows something of the importance of the physical.
So Christians enjoy what God made, and feel that the world deserves the respect due to its status as God’s work. “Green” concerns, and respect for animals as well as humans, come from this. What more is there for Jesus to add in the gospel? He talks about the pointlessness of worry. We need to think more deeply about Creation, and see that a God like that – a God who made things well, and enjoyed them – can and should be trusted. Trust will stand against fruitless worry. We may not understand everything, but here is an answer to “what if” disaster imaginings. God cares, and while his Creation is now less than perfect (that’s the bit in Romans 8:18-25 about creation groaning), God hasn’t changed.
If you want to worry about something, then what God is doing and wants to see done is a much better concern that tomorrow’s meal. Putting ourselves in line with God’s agenda brings purpose, joins us with other Christians, and puts our problems in perspective. This is what we are meant to be about, part of our “re-creation”. It helps with anxiety, loneliness, frustration, and the wrong search for celebrity. Perhaps that is what Jesus means by “But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” If what matters in your life is what matters to the Creator, you may well find purpose and peace, friends and forgiveness. Of course, you may also find trouble – but you won’t face it alone.