I Got This!

I Got This!

Just let go…

June 1st, 2019

The thing we find the most difficult to give up, is control. Being an engineer by training, I find this especially difficult to do, because it is absolutely my job to figure out a solution when a problem presents itself.

But I’m sure I’m not unique. The stress of this culture we live in today focuses on the importance of making our own way in the world, despite the obstacles. Our parents, teachers, and piers have drilled it into our heads that the only way you’re going to get ahead is to put yourself out there.

Jesus paints a much different picture. Three paragraphs and seven verses in the Book of Luke are almost mocking us, for thinking we have any control, or God has less than full control.

“Can any of you add one moment to his life-span by worrying? If then you’re not able to do even a little thing, why worry about the rest?

Consider how the wildflowers grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these. If that’s how God clothes the grass, which is in the field today and is thrown into the furnace tomorrow, how much more will he do for you — you of little faith? Don’t strive for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don’t be anxious. For the Gentile world eagerly seeks all these things, and your Father knows that you need them.

But seek his kingdom, and these things will be provided for you.”

Luke 12:25-31 (CSB)

Yesterday, we talked about faith and our lack of it. This may seem like we are harping on the same subject but while this is an extension of yesterday’s topic, where that one was homing in on our prayer life, this one is considering the sin of worry.

That’s right, the ‘sin of worry’.

What else would you call it? When Jesus tells you something specific you should not do, but you do it anyway, that pretty much constitutes a ‘first degree sin’.

First Degree?

Think about it. Jesus, who was a master of communications used three paragraphs to tell us “don’t worry”, yet we thought about it and decided for whatever reason, either he was lying, didn’t know what he was talking about, or was unable, or unwilling to do what he said he would and could do!

That is premeditated sin my brothers and sisters!

Yes, it is a lack of trust. But no real need to pile on here, our frail excuse for not taking Jesus at his word is sufficient to justifying us not feeling really proud about ourselves.

After all there is another famous passage of scripture we tend to glaze over too.

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 (CSB)

Really?

If we “know it”, why don’t we live it?

My grandmother had a phrase she always loved to remind us grandkids of every time our tongues got out of hand.

“You are slurred by the words of your mouth!” In other words, the things coming out of your mouth betray you.

With our lack of confidence in the Lord and his promises, we don’t even have to say a word to accomplish the same thing. Our very actions and attitude will scream that out to the world.

“You of little faith? Don’t strive for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don’t be anxious. For the Gentile world eagerly seeks all these things, and your Father knows that you need them.”

It doesn’t take much to see that by our actions and the worry we allow to engulf us, we really don’t have the faith we should when it comes to trusting the Lord for our welfare.

If he says he’s got us covered, he has us covered.

“But seek his kingdom, and these things will be provided for you.”

Ah, if we spent less time worrying and more time building the kingdom up for Jesus, it stands to reason that the world will begin to take note of your deliberate and intentional desire to serve the Lord in the manner he calls us to.

So, trust him in prayer, trust him in our lives for our provisions, glorify and praise him for what he’s done and what he will be doing for you the future!

He’s “Got This!” Just let go of the worry!

In the Grace of Jesus!
kip…

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