July 20, 2012

Trust Me

Luke 12:22-34

“I tell you, do not worry about your life.”
—Luke 12:22


We all have reason to worry. The world’s economic engines have not been cranking out enough jobs. Many family homes are near the point of foreclosure. Prices are rising for our basic needs: food, clothing, and transportation. Sadly, most of the evening news is often just more bad news.

Where can we turn for a hopeful word? There’s nothing better than Jesus, who knows the future and every detail of our lives.

Jesus’ disciples were concerned about the same things that worry us today. So he addressed the one thing that was running their lives: worry.

They worried about where their next meal would come from. They worried about having decent clothing to wear. They worried about their future.

But worry doesn’t gain us anything, says Jesus. Instead, it distracts us from the One who knows what we need and when we need it. We are called to trust in him, knowing that our Lord will meet our needs in his good time.

Do you believe the God of heaven and earth will take care of you today? Practice living a life that is not based on possessions, wealth, or money. Challenge yourself to live as one whose treasure is the Savior who knows your needs even before you ask him (see Matthew 6:8).

Master, I believe you will take care of my needs according to your perfect plan and will. I will practice a life of generosity to those around me. Amen.

About the author — Reginald Smith

Dr. Reginald Smith is senior pastor at Roosevelt Park Community Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has served for seventeen years. He has also served as a pastor in Paterson, New Jersey. He and his wife, Sharon, have three daughters, Janelle, Katrina, and Mariah.

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