We as Americans are a security loving people. We put our trust in guns, cameras and advanced police tactics to protect us. One of the most significant factors of where we chose to live was probably how “safe” the neighborhood or house was. These things feel significant to us, but they cannot actually stop bad things happening to us.
Sickness comes out of nowhere. Natural disasters can effect the “best” neighborhoods. Children disappoint us. Mass shootings and terrorism; and can we actually trust the authorities in control of the cameras and the police?
Jesus taught us in Luke 12:29-31 not to seek the things the world seeks after, like money, perfect bodies, or security. How much more secure can we be in the hands of the God who made and sustains the universe by a word (Hebrews 1:3)?
Jesus makes it very simple, but we know that it isn’t easy.
- How can I know that God will provide for me?
- What if He doesn’t, what if He lets me down, and everything goes bad for me?
- Or maybe you are thinking “I am doing pretty well for myself, thank you very much. I’m not interested in seeking the God’s kingdom, whatever that means”.
If those questions resonate with you at all, you need to consider Luke 12:32.
Luke 12:32 – Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
We should acknowledge that, apart from God, we are never secure in this world. Our desire for security itself is not wrong; the Kingdom that we are seeking after is a New Heavens and a New Earth where everything is perfectly secure (Luke 12:33, Revelation 21:27).
But where is the good news in that? What about those who live in North Korea, or in the ghettos of Washington D.C. or Greensboro NC, where people do not have the luxury of feeling secure? Who will minister to them if not those who are trusting in the God of Luke 12?
The God we are speaking of here is not merely a God who has all the power. He actually cares. He delights to give good things to us. He is a shepherd who cares for His sheep. More than that, He is a loving Father who delights to give good gifts to his children (Matthew 7:11).
More than even that, He is the King, the center of the Kingdom of God, who takes pleasure in giving his kingdom away to his people. Why would we not want to follow after a God who is all these things in one?
Many times God’s people in America are faced with a choice between love and feelings of security, and I fear it is one we too often chose poorly. It is not possible to love people and also be indifferent about their daily lives. The only way to correct this problem is to place real, abiding confidence in the God of Luke 12:32.
Cigarettes are not making us less anxious. Neither are Facebook, Xanax, food, guns, sex, or whatever else people put confidence in in this world. Some of these can be good things, but they can also tend to become replacements for real, good desires that we have (community, love, relationships, intimacy, security, inner peace), and when they are the things that we are putting confidence in, they are idols. Anything is an idol if it is getting our worship and trust other than the true God.
We are not seeking after those things; we are seeking after the kingdom of God. When we chase after the things we desire, we are left anxious, ashamed, and unsatisfied. Yet when we chase after the Kingdom of God, those desires will be fulfilled in ways that we could have never accomplished for ourselves or even imagined (Ephesians 3:21-22).
The God we are speaking of is both able and happy give us all that we need and much more (Matthew 19:29, I Corinthians 3:20-21). He does not give us all that we want to have, but He is never a stingy God.
He is a good God, and every good thing that we have ever had comes from Him (James 1:17). So we should not hesitate to trust in Him; the only question left to ask is, “why wouldn’t we”?