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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Another Reason to Trust God

Jesus clearly didn’t want to die.  His followers saw that.  They were with them as he prayed for the Father to let this “cup” pass.  But Jesus, the son, trusted the Father and put it all into His hands.  “Let not my will, but yours be done.”  When Jesus rose from the dead, it reminded all the disciples that they can trust God and His plans.  God gives us everything we need to do what God calls us to do.  When Jesus died, the saw that in action.  When Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, they had more reasons to trust God than ever before.

And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do 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.

Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!

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. (Luke 12:22-31 ESV)

Trust in God becomes vitally important in Kingdom living.  We don’t do well in His Kingdom if we don’t trust the King.  Jesus showed us what happens when we trust the King.  The plan works.  People are saved.  Captives are set free.  Good News is preached to the poor.  The King is perfect: good, right, holy, and fair.  More than that, The King showers with love and grace.  All the while, the King makes sure that we have what we need to do what the King calls us to do.

“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Luke 12:32-34 ESV)

How about you?  Do you trust God to provide what you need to do what God calls you to do?  Does it build your trust to see God’s faithfulness with and through Jesus? Do you trust God as your King?