Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Luke 12:29-31: [Jesus is saying to the disciples,] "And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead seek His kingdom and these things will be added to you."
What is Worry?:
Basically, worry is an unnecessary fear, or concern, about something. Worry comes when we are afraid of something happening or we're not going to receive something we thought we should. For example, little Jimmy is worried about getting the newest Playstation or XBox. "My life is ruined if I don't get the new system." Jimmy wails to mom and dad.
Jimmy's life is ruined if he doesn't get the game machine. Really? The nations, as Jesus says, worry about things like this all the time.
Jesus is telling us that that Father knows what we need and He provides for those needs. Does little Jimmy need a game system, or the newest IPhone, or the newest something? No, in the scheme of life, no. He doesn't need it.
What We Need:
What we need is house, home, family, food, and water. We need the staples of life. And God makes sure we get that. We need work and employment. God the Father provides that, too.
These are all basic necessities. They are available. Yet what do we REALLY NEED? We really need the Kingdom of God. That is, to know and believe that God is here and active in your life. We need to believe and know that God is in charge, to surrender our lives to His leading and direction and to open our lives up to Him. And how will we be a part of God's Kingdom?
Believe and know that God the Father sent God the Son, Jesus, to give up His life in order to save yours from selfishness, worry, fear, and doubt. These are all facets of sin that is in your life. Jesus came, is the perfect obedience to the will and law of God, Jesus is the sacrifice that took away your sin and freed you to see and believe, and Jesus rose to promise you a brand new life free from worry and fear both now and forever.
God's got this. He is carrying you in His loving arms. Let go of the worry and fear. Grab hold of His love and mercy and provision.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.