"Fear not little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Luke 12:32 (KJV)
You are important to God.
You. You reading this right now.
You are important to God.
In Luke 12 verses 6-7 and 22-30 we find Jesus explaining to the disciples, and for our benefit, how important we are to Him. He is emphasizing how much we matter to Him. Let's look closely at Luke 12:6-7:
“What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows." (NLT)
In the later scriptures Jesus describes how ravens don't have storehouses and they don't work for their food, but God still makes sure that they are fed. Jesus talks about how the lilies in the field grow beautifully because God designed them to be that way. Jesus points out the the grass is here one day and tossed into the fire the next and if He cares so specifically for these things that are of significant less importance, how much more does He care for you?
There's a hymn that came to mind while I was reading this scripture, "There's Not a Friend Like the Lowly Jesus" where the chorus sings, "Jesus knows all about our struggles/He will guide ’til the day is done/There’s not a Friend like the lowly Jesus/No, not one! no, not one!"
God has got you! Whatever your need, what ever you're worrying about, He knows and He just needs you to continue to trust that He still has your best interest at heart. He needs you to allow Him to guide you to rest and safety in His arms. He needs us to practice Philippians 4:6,
"Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done." (NLT)
If I allow my circumstances to influence me to live my life in an attitude of defeat and misery, I am not living my life to my fullest God potential. If I am fearful and always worrying about how my life is going to work out, I am not living in my faith as God has intended.
Whenever fear, doubt, or anxiety tries to come shake our faith we have to be prepared to defend it with scriptures like these. We have to remind ourselves that God has brought us out before and He will bring us through even this. Hebrews 13:5(b) says,
"or he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." (KJV)
“For God has said, I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” (NLT)
There is nothing you are going through that God has not already planned the resolution for. We only need to surrender to His will to gain access to the strength, peace and power needed to endure to the end. Luke 12:31 says,
"But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you" (KJV)
When we seek God above all else, He promises to take care of the rest. That is when we run with patience the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1), when we always pray and not faint (Luke 18:1), and remember that God is with us wherever we go (Joshua 1:9), God will add the rest.
My current favorite Christian author Jackie Hill-Perry makes a very poignant point when she said, "Satan is ultimately after your faith in God." God has designed your current trial to glorify Him as stated in 1 Peter 1:7
"That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:" (KJV)
It is the plan of our enemy to deter us from that at any and every opportunity. Let us make sure that he does not win.
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