“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.”
December 11, 2017
Read Luke 12:22-48
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Scripture- Luke 12:25-26- Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
Observations- Jesus had a lot to say about the human propensity to worry about our circumstances. He often reminded His followers that they were precious to the Father- probably because they needed to be reminded of this fact constantly. Jesus taught that our worries aren't fruitful; that is, they don't lead us to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
Application- How has worry and anxiety enriched your life? Are there any benefits to stoking our fears and increasing our worries? Jesus didn't seem to think so. Jesus was always busy, but never in a hurry. Jesus was often hated, but responded with love. Jesus always had plenty to worry about, but He chose to lay His concerns at the throne of grace where His Father could handle them, even His own death on the cross. I remind myself often that as one of your pastors it's not my job to be anxious about any aspect of our ministry and mission and our future together; rather it's my job to keep bringing all of it to the throne of God's grace...and leave it there!
Prayer- God, thank You for the many reminders in Your Word for me to release my fears, worries, and anxieties to You. I am often tempted to cling to my worries as some necessary badge of honor, but it never serves me well nor does it serve Your Kingdom. Help my worries get out of the way, so You can truly be the Way, the Truth, and the Life in my life today. Amen.
"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." (1 Peter 5:7),