Archive | November, 2011

Worry, God’s Will and the Gospels

30 Nov

This is just a little something God laid on my heart this morning that I would like to share…

Right now in my devotional life I’m reading through the gospels. Many see these passages as important mostly around Christmas and Easter, but what Christ did for us is important all of the time, and reading through them from start to finish is so refreshing.

I have to say that really am enjoying reading about the life of Christ. This week I’m in Luke, and today I read Luke 12. Two portions of scripture in this chapter really hit home for me and made me realize that my anxiousness about the future often cross over from excitement to stress. I begin questioning and asking God what his plans are for me tomorrow, next year or even in five years. I find myself wholeheartedly seeking after his will for my future instead of living in the leading of his Spirit in my life today (and every day).

First, I found that I need constant reminder that God DOES have a plan for my life and that I am significant to him! This is clear in Luke 12:7.

“Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

What I read next truly found a place in my heart. It’s Luke 12:22-24, titled “Do Not Be Anxious” in the ESV. I encourage you to read the entire passage!

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. 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.”

I encourage you to read all of Luke 12 today if you’re facing major decisions in your life or you’re not sure what’s next. It sure was a refreshing reminder to me today!
“I think a lot of us need to forget about God’s will for my life. God cares more about our response to his Spirit’s leading today, in this moment, than about what we intend to do next year. In fact, the decisions we make next year will be profoundly affected by the degree to which we submit to the Spirit right now, in today’s decisions.” — Francis Chan, Forgotten God