Cares of the World
“Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.” - Matthew 13:22 A friend of mine mutters to himself at least once a month that paper work is a plot of the devil. He is referring to the endless stack of forms and papers to fill out, sign, copy, file, triplicate, email, and fax necessary to accomplish just about anything, from traveling to going to school--to just living!
The “cares of the world” can certainly be catastrophic events that frighten us and take away our peace.
But I think almost worse is the daily grind of details and annoyances like broken cars, malfunctioning computers, bills, appointments--you get the idea. These things keep us on the run, keep us uptight and worried and harried – until we forget that God is in control.
The "cares of the world" can choke out the blessings of the Word.
They can keep us so distracted and fretful that we forget all the promises and blessings God has for us in His Word.
Like Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
The distractions of this world can be put in perspective when you “fix your eyes upon Jesus” (Hebrews 12:20) and remember the words of a beloved hymn:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
—Words and music: Helen H. Lemmel, 1922