Choosing to Trust God

November 16th, 2012

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Matthew 6:25-34

Jesus starts this teaching by asking, “Aren’t there more important things in life than food and shelter (clothing)?” If anyone other than Jesus had asked the question, we would answer, “Of course not.” We know that we won’t last long unless we provide for these basics.

There’s something about Jesus that prompts real reflection. People want to know what this carpenter turned preacher knows about life that we don’t. Where did he get such wisdom and spiritual confidence? How did he act with such miraculous power? So we take another look at the question and conclude that yes, there is one thing more important than putting food on the table or clothes on our backs: It is to know and please God.

This will provoke a crisis of faith. What are we to do when our pursuit of the kingdom conflicts with life in this world? Jesus said it’s an opportunity to exercise our trust in God–to prove to ourselves that God is willing and able to care for us.

The next time you have to choose between pleasing God and pursuing a food/shelter goal, choose God. Give him a chance to show you how much he loves you.


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One Response to “Choosing to Trust God”

  1. Barbara Says:

    November 16th, 2012 at 4:40 am

    “What are we to do when our pursuit of the kingdom conflicts with life in this world?”

    In pursuing the kingdom, the world discourages (tests) our faith. (James 1:12) It’s all part of the program. (Hebrews 4:12)

    Walking in the spirit “relies” (trusts) on that unseen hope to reward those who put on the armor of God. (Ephesians 6:14-17).

    Be open to refinement! (Isaiah 48:10)

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