DATE POSTED: Saturday, 2023-03-25
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: Luke 12:29-31
TRANSLATION: The Voice (VOICE)
BIBLE TEXT: 29 Don’t reduce your life to the pursuit of food and drink; don’t let your mind be filled with anxiety. 30 People of the world who don’t know God pursue these things, but you have a Father caring for you, a Father who knows all your needs.
31 Since you don’t need to worry—about security and safety, about food and clothing—then pursue God’s kingdom first and foremost, and these other things will come to you as well.
OBSERVATION: The good Dr. Luke shared most of a chapter in his book to try and reassure us that as a child of our heavenly Father, we have nothing to worry about. As an eyeopener, Luke reminds us that we act like our old selves – pagans, when we worry about whether our God can do everything He has promised to us. Because worry is still prevalent in the minds and lives of believers today, we are reminded once again that God’s Word is fresh, alive and well. In our state of forgetfulness, we may tend to forget the promises of God, so stay tuned as we look into this reminder once again.
APPLICATION: Children tend not to worry about whether they have enough food, or whether the next meal is possible, or not. But as we grow older, learn about God and His mighty works, and hear of those starving in the world, we tend to start worrying about whether we will find food for tomorrow. Through this writer, God reminds us that this type of worry is indicative of the heathen, and we should learn to check our faith whenever this occurs. Think about it, if our Father created this world in which we live, and He formed us in our mother’s womb, will He not take good, good, care of us each day? To emphasize this, Luke reminds us of the great care that God takes of the birds, and seeing that He created us in His image, how much more will He take care of us. While growing up I remember my mom using the phrase ‘an idle mind is the devil’s playground’! Luke indicated a similar statement when he told us that because there was no need to worry, instead make ourselves a student of the Word – pursue God and His kingdom, for as we do, we will see God’s plan coming together for us. Friends, I trust that you will join with me in consistently reading God’s Word, and really trying to obey His commands and follow His teachings. Think about it, when we use our time to do other things, we will learn from those practices and try to imitate them. However, if we pursue God, His Word, His righteousness and His kingdom then whenever we feel a worrisome moment coming on, it will be natural for us to draw close to the Master, depend on His promises, and calmly wait on the Lord for His all-powerful hand to comfort us, cheer us, and protect us while we continue to grow in the knowledge of His Word, the power of His hand, and the love of God that surpasses all human understanding. Dear friends, we must strive to live out the teachings Jesus meant for us to know and practice, so that we may be content in all His ways.
BLESSING(S) NOTED: We have a Father who cares for us! Praise the Lord!
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You are so precious to us! You died on Calvary with us in mind, even though we are still sinners in need of a Savior. In today’s Scripture, we are reminded that You provide for our daily needs, and I believe You will do this even when we are unworthy of such honor and provision. Thank You Lord for loving us, even when we struggle in loving You back in return, and when we ignore Your love and Your provision and tend to worry instead. Lord, I believe in You. Please help my unbelief so that it would never lead me to doubt Your mighty power, and start to worry. AMEN!
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