SERMON NOTES: 2-19-17
Rev. Mat Grover
Luke: On the Road With Jesus
“Trust in a Time of Anxiety”
We live in an age of anxiety and instability. No matter how much material wealth we may or may not have, we all struggle to be at peace with our current situation. We might worry about health, work, family, friends, or a myriad of other things, but if we are consumed with this anxiety, we end up losing our sense of identity as one in Christ.
Jesus calls us to not be anxious and not be afraid.
Do Not Worry
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[a]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? (NIV)
Anxiety, worry and fear will always be a part of our lives. It is in our response to that we find our hope. That is why Jesus gave us this prayer:
Father, Hallowed be Your Name, Your Kingdom come.
Know that God is in charge. As the creator of the universe, He is sovereign. Because we know His name, we can and should trust in Him. But before we ask anything for ourselves, God is given glory. Only when we give God His place will other things take their proper place.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Trust that God will cover our present need. This goes back to the story of the manna in the wilderness (Exodus 16:11-21). Don’t worry about the unknown future, but trust that God will take care of us each and every day.
As we live each day and face new trials, anxiety and fear, we are called to trust the sovereignty of God and the power of the Hallowed Name, and the Creator of all things.