Anxiety is a Superfluous Requirement…

August 7, 2011

Bible Study, Christian Life

Taken from Luke 12

22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. 24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? 25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? 26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? 29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. 32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

I suppose it’s a measure of my own understanding that I stand in awe at the casual way Jesus refers to this faith of trust. I can practically see Him give a slight wave of His hand; maybe cross His legs in repose; nonplussed and relaxed in explanation. Of the many things that could be said about the marvelous nature of this reality I simply want to make only one statement. That is, there is the need for nearness to Christ for the essence of this faith to be understood. Like the nature of love, we cannot mechanically force ourselves to trust God with the very elements of our survival in the manner that Christ exhorts us to without first being intimately acquainted with the person of our Lord.  In like nature, we cannot Love anyone we know not well. We cannot trust or love. We in this life, can only intimately love and trust those we know well. Point to a stranger in the town square, or a random face in the media and it should be quite clear that it is impossible to generate a love or trust equal to that we experience with our spouse or children. Christ goes on to qualify this faith by speaking to “the Kingdom of Heaven” and “the storing of treasure in Heaven.” Pictures of the need for heart surrender and belief and intimacy.

The is no formula. There is repentance and obedience; the rod of correction; the sanctification of the believer; the means of grace, etc. Within our spiritual existence, the more we yield to God, the closer we are drawn to Him and the more we learn to trust. As some of the great men of Scripture came to understand, men like Isaiah, Abraham, Daniel, David, once you have every confidence in Him, you realize it is but a small thing. But the process can’t be shortcut.

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3 Comments on “Anxiety is a Superfluous Requirement…”

  1. lambskinny Says:

    Hey! Love the new look — great post, David. I’m glad I visited. I’ve added your blog to my blogroll, both on GRACE PARTAKERS and OBSECRATIONS so that I’ll be more likely to read your wonderful posts. Hope all is well with you and yours. Carley

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  2. lambskinny Says:

    Dave, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Congrats! Carley

    Reply

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