Do not be anxious then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘With what shall we clothe ourselves?’ “For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:31-34

Sequestration. noun \ˌsē-kwəs-ˈtrā-shən, ˌse-; (ˌ)sē-ˌkwes-\
1 the act of SEQUESTERING : the state of being SEQUESTERED – a jury in sequestration
2 a: a legal writ authorizing a sheriff or commissioner to take into custody the property of a defendant who is in contempt until the orders of a court are complied with

Until February 2013, I rarely heard the word “sequestration;” perhaps, I heard it a dozen times or so. And then, it was used in the context of legal matters. Since February, I have heard it countless times on radio, television, and internet outlets.

“Sequestration,” since February, has been the harbinger of government doom and gloom. Broadcasters used it to warn of pending government shutdowns, loss of health care, loss of civil services, and the loss of jobs for some folks. It almost took on an Armageddon-like meaning.

Many were, and are, anxious about the future of the US government’s ability to provide protections, services, and support for citizens. I, too, wondered what the consequences of “sequestration” would be. I am still waiting for the effects in my personal life. I suppose most of you are, too.

I find it easy to listen to the world. The message is very enticing. After all, I am a human being. I need health care; I need various government services; I am planning for retirement. All these things matter to me. So, I quickly grow anxious about the world’s concerns.

In the midst of anxious moments, God calls me back to His reality. His reality is not limited to government plans and programs or the whims of lawmakers, for that matter, it is not limited to space and time. His reality is rooted in the work of Christ. That work is about the reality of sin and the reality of His grace.
So, “sequestration” may cause a bit of anxiety; let not your hearts be troubled. Christ Jesus knows that we are but frail, anxious folk — fearful, weak sinners — and for us He died. He answered the cries of our anxious longings once and for all. Let the covenant that He made with you in baptism sustain you through every worry of mind, body, and soul. Amen.

Gregory K. Williamson
Chief Mission Officer – LCMS