“Fear not, little flock…
…for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
So much of our fear comes from trying to figure things out. We look at the checkbook and try to figure out how to turn the red to black, how to make more time in the day for our family, or desperately wonder, based on world events, if we’re in the last days. And the more we try to fill in the blanks of our agenda and faith, the more we find unbelief creeping in, replacing trust with doubting questions, rest with anxiety, and love with fear.
We question our journey and with the disciples, say “Lord, we don’t know where you’re going, and how can we know the way!?”
Shouldn’t the Lord fill us in? He knows the way. Won’t He enlighten us…a little?
Instead He says, compassionately, “Fear not.”
~~Because He’s given us His enduring Kingdom. “I give to you eternal life, and you shall never perish, neither shall anyone pluck you out of my hand. My Father, who gave you me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck you out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:27-29).
~~Because, He is “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). HE is our journey and our life. We can trust Him fully.
This assurance is driven home in a brief post by Jon Bloom at Desiring God. I recommend reading the entire post, but here’s a comforting excerpt:
Frequently, Jesus doesn’t share our urgency for us to know exactly what he’s doing or where he’s leading us. His reasons for withholding that information are always good. His will for us is our sanctification. And what that usually means is some form of “believe in…me.”
Jesus is your Good Shepherd. A benefit of being a sheep is that you don’t need to know the way.
You just need to trust your Shepherd.
Dear Lord, Help me to trust you more. My doubts and fears grieve you. Each day I have to learn to trust you all over again. I give my questions back to you, for you alone know all things. You are my shepherd, and I lack nothing. Truly, ‘your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.’ I do believe, Lord. Help my unbelief, in Jesus’ name. Amen.