Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fear Not

Luke 12:7 (KJV)  But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
 
That verse obviously was spoken to disciples.  But it (along with our weather for the next several days) got me thinking about some things.  We have hurricane Sandy moving toward our area, there’s also a rainy cold front coming our way.  The predictions say that the storm itself isn’t going to be that bad.  But that cold front is expected to merge with Sandy, creating Noreaster of interesting proportions.  Yet, I’m not complacent, but confident.  Why?

We see multiple instances of Jesus being depicted as saying that we don’t need to worry about being covered for necessities.  If the birds, who can’t be spiritually saved, have all their needs met, then men are going to be covered, as well. (Matthew 6, Luke 12)  Yes, Jesus is speaking to the disciples, but is He speaking to them as disciples or as men?  My impression is that he’s dealing with human thought, not just positional misinterpretation.  So, in a situation like Sandy, what does that mean?

God gives us opportunities to get whatever is needed to be protected in emergencies.  But, just like salvation, if we don’t grab hold of them, that’s our choice.  If we do, we get all the protection we need.  God created us with a free will, so He lets us be a part of our own blessing. 

Here’s what I shared on Facebook, “"If I get hurt or more, there's nothing I did that could have prevented it. If nothing bad happens, I don't want to unnecessarily waste time worrying about it. I have God, coffee, food, coffee, water, coffee, things to read, coffee, housework I can catch up on, coffee, batteries, coffee, warm clothes, coffee, blankets, coffee, shelter, .... LOL”.  And, “Sandra, remember the first part of my list is God. We have God and prayer. With Him, all things are possible.”.  Yes, I was joking about the priority coffee holds, but I still need to make preparations with the goods God gives us.

If we assume we can’t do anything to improve matters or don’t need to do anything, then we’re being both negative and familiar with God.  If we look at all the examples in the Bible, it’s pretty clear that some situations might have ended differently if some people had made different choices.  Why would we assume that nothing changes with our own choices?  Do we think that God doesn’t care what we do or think?  Or is it that God wants us to be brainless, spineless, inactive beings in dealing with our own circumstances?

So, if we have done what we need to, He covers the rest.  Note Matthew 11:28-30: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

What are you doing to rest in His peace in times of trial?

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