The reading from Matthew for January 8 records many imperatives for us; all of them are based on God’s gracious and abundant providence for our lives. Jesus commanded, “Stop worrying.” How is that possible? Consider the birds and flowers; look at how God provides for them and they are of small value compared to you. Jesus commanded, “Stop judging.” God has the ability to rightly judge; our place is to study and learn.
Can we train our eyes to be more observant and studious? If so, we will find ourselves surrounded by God’s constant witnesses to His love and care for us.