Don’t Be Afraid

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It is sometimes difficult to picture the real message of some scriptures. One of the best known scriptures is what is called “The Sermon on the Mount” found in Matthew 5-6-7.  In these chapters Jesus gives many insights in to our daily Christian living and our relationship to one another as well as with God.
Jesus also spends a lot of time dealing with our relationship with God the Father and how we learn to trust him. How much do you really trust God? In Matthew 6:25-27 Jesus says:  That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
My wife and I have been struggling with a rather mundane decision, yet one that affects our daily lives. We both believe very deeply that God loves us and helps guide our decisions “IF” we invite him to do so and really make him part of our lives. Some folks really don’t know God that well. They really don’t want to ask him to make the decision for them or trust him enough to live with whatever comes your way. Many really don’t see God (either around them or in their mind’s eye) and therefore really can’t trust him to take care of them.
Our oldest son shared what trust really is about through the comments of our 5 year old granddaughter, Allison. They have been on a trip to Washington, DC, perhaps noticing all of the pigeons she said, “Daddy, Birds are afraid of us, but they’re not afraid of God. They can just fly up and see him!”
How about that for faith and understanding? Don’t you wish you had thought of that? Of what or who are you afraid. What is it that you are wanting? What are you wanting to change or perhaps needing direction for? There is an interesting thought in James 3:2-3 that relates to these questions. Notice what James says there (in part): “… you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong …
There is a powerful hymn that we often sing. Some of the words speak to our trust and faith in God. The hymn says, “Some Glad morning when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away;
to a home on God’s celestial shores I’ll fly away
.”
Yes, just like the birds, some day we will be able to “just fly up and see him!” Won’t that be great!

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