Don't Worry - Luke 12

Don't Worry

Luke 12:1-59

Jesus said to His disciples, "Don't worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on."  For some Christians this is extremely difficult, especially today when food and fashion gets so much attention.  Yet despite the prosperity of some, society is not without the poor and needy.  The Lord spoke when many in Israel did not own a tunic, and often went to sleep hungry.

Life is more than food and clothing.  No one is exempt from anxiety.  Everyone is a candidate. 

Jesus would tell you that your life is of value to God.  Consider how precious you are by looking at His care and provision for ravens and lilies.  The birds neither sow nor reap, and yet He feeds them.  Are you of less value to Him than a loud, annoying crow?  Of course not!  And look how the lilies grow.  They are more beautiful than Solomon in all of his glory.  Flowers are just about everywhere.  Even despicable weeds, that obnoxiously raise their proud, ugly heads, are all known to God.  You are indeed precious to the Lord.

Also, be mindful that "your Father knows that you need these things."  Is there anything that He doesn't know?  He knows all about us, the ups and downs and ins and outs.  Read Psalm 139:1-6.  Unfortunately in the United States we have many dropout fathers, who care very little about their children.  It's impossible to point to them as examples of true fatherhood.  Our heavenly Father isn't like them.  He cares about us, and He knows what we really need in all areas of our lives.

Finally, set your heart on heavenly things.  Someone has said, "Some people are so heavenly minded they aren't any earthly good."  But that isn't true.  A good way to get away from your worries is to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.  That kingdom belongs to those who seek it.  Jesus said, "Sell what you have and give alms."  The NIV says, "Sell your possessions and give to the poor."  Be generous toward others in need, and not only will their needs by met, but your needs will be met, too. 

And more...you will "provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys."  How would you like to be nicknamed "Money Bags"?  Make sure that your heart is in the right place, "for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

 

Father, we know that You are Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides.  You have given Your Son, and we are sure that You will not withhold from us our daily needs.  Use us as Your instruments in meeting the needs of others.  In Jesus' name.  Amen!

 

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