“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
- Luke 12:32 (NKJV)
From the time of childhood through our adult years, everyone has to address various fears in their lives. Some of you might not admit it but fears of different types face you on a daily basis. When you were small, it may have been a fear of the dark or clowns or animals. While in your school age years, it may have been the fear of a particular teacher or the fear of failing. As an adult, it may be the fear of failure at a job, in your relationships or any number of things. I would tell you that it is normal to be faced with fears. The key is to never let your fears take root in your life or cause you to make fear-based decisions. In other words, all of us need to have dominion over fears!
In the Bible verse shown above, Jesus makes a profound point that He wants us to grasp. It is a point that, if received, will change your perspective in life. Jesus was encouraging those within the sound of His voice to not worry primarily about material things. He knew people had to eat and they had to provide clothing for their families. He also knew people had to work to make money. These are earthly things that must be addressed but Jesus wanted the hearers of His word to understand that seeking the Lord and the business of His Kingdom were more important.
Much like today, people who lived during the time of Jesus’ ministry on earth worked very hard. Their focus each day was to manually work in many areas inclusive of farming, fishing and sewing in addition to buying and selling. All energies were focused on maintaining the family and providing for its needs. If you asked from that era what would happen if they didn’t live this way, their response may have been that they would fear losing everything. Today’s society is no different. We work long hours in hopes of a promotion. Weekends are spent working overtime, doing chores, attending sporting events or just “catching up” on sleep. Most people would tell you this lifestyle is necessary in order to earn the money they need or desire.
Jesus wanted to point out that in the Kingdom of God, the King provides. As we have been sharing at our church, a king is responsible for providing for the citizens in his kingdom. These provisions are inclusive of security, economic benefit, health, purpose and more. A king loves to provide because it reflects his glory and his goodness. In this context, Jesus wanted His listeners to know that His Father was pleased to provide for all of their needs. There was no limit. Food, clothing, health, business and everything else under the sun was His “good pleasure” to give them. The only thing He asked of them was to trust Him and therefore not fear.
What He said then is true today. Can you trust Him today and put Kingdom business first? Can you believe in His word enough to know that He will do what He says He will do? If so, you are on your way to understanding the Kingdom of God and what He has in store for you. You will be amazed!