FORT LEE, Va. (Nov. 24, 2016) -- Do you ever get afraid? Every person experiences fear. It is a very common emotion.
Humans fear things like spiders, mice, financial ruin, each other and many other things – the greatest, perhaps, being death. We do our best to protect ourselves from our fears. We hire exterminators, we invest, we sometimes lie to avoid conflict, and so on.
Some of these are just wise measures for safety (except for the lying of course!). When it comes to the greatest fear – death – we might just not mention it or try not to think about it. In any event, we spend a lot of effort trying to avoid fears.
We think this is the remedy for being afraid, but I would propose another way to combat fear. Instead of avoiding or not thinking about it, let’s seek the kingdom of God.
Jesus gives us a great talking to in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 12. In verses 22-23, Jesus says to “not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.”
Even though Jesus was uttering these words nearly 2,000 years ago, we see folks back in His day had similar concerns that we might have today. They were afraid of losing their lives, not having material possessions, and their bodies failing them.
Humanity has not changed. Neither has God’s promises. Later in chapter 12, Jesus tells us we do not have to be afraid because our Father knows we need food, clothing, and strength (verse 30).
Then Jesus tells us something even more reassuring. He says that our Father is promising to take care of us if we seek Him (verse 31).
He goes even further and says our Father is “pleased to give us the kingdom (verse 32).”
What does all this mean? Well, for one, we do not have to fear anything.
Also, God has obligated himself out of love to care for His children until He brings them home to a kingdom that He has prepared for them. This is not a prosperity Gospel. This is not a promise to have a Mercedes, a beach house or to eat steak every night. This is a promise for our heavenly Father to care for his children in a way he thinks is best until He brings them into His beautiful, eternal kingdom. And His care is always wiser, kinder, and perfect! If you struggle with fear like I do, combat it with the truth of God’s Word.
I would encourage you to read Chapter 12 of Luke today and study many of the other passages that address fear and worry. Meditate on them. Immerse yourself in them.
If you have trusted in the blood-bought grace of the Lord Jesus, then seek the kingdom of God. Focus your energies on His kingdom, and He will care for you.