How to have peace in times of trouble…
“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:35
In a broken world like ours, there are plenty of reasons to fear. Nothing is certain. Nothing is constant. Our bodies are susceptible to sickness and disease. Our homes are vulnerable to the wickedness of those who break-in and steal. Our plans, no matter how well we have calculated them, can fail at any moment.
Do not fear, little flock.
In Luke 12:35, Jesus tells his disciples that as children of God they were not to live in fear. Did that mean the world would now be a safe place for them? Would they escape the threats of sickness and human wickedness as God’s children?
Notice that Jesus did not say, “Do not fear, little flock, because you will escape trouble in this world.” They would indeed experience trouble. Yet even with the reality of these threats surrounding them, Jesus says, “do not fear”.
Not giving into fear
Since God has not promised us the absence of trouble and pain in this world, how do we not give into a spirit of fear?
Our Father has a kingdom
Our Father in heaven is a king who rules over all. To him belongs the earth and all that fills it (Psalm 24:1). To him belongs the heavens, even the highest heavens (Deut. 10:14). Every animal of the forest and cattle on a thousand hills are his (Psalm 50:10). All the silver and the gold belongs to him (Haggai 2:8). His domain of authority spans across the universe.
When we understand our Father’s kingdom, we don’t need to fear getting touched by the troubles of the world. As His children, we can seek first His kingdom and what we need is available to us in times of lack (Matt. 6:33).
It is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom
Not only is our Father a king with limitless resources. He is a generous God who delights to lavish His goodness on us. When trouble comes knocking at our door, His goodness follows close behind (Romans 8:28).
The reality is trouble in this world remains, even for God’s children. But we can have peace in our spirit. For our Father in heaven is present in times of trouble and will supply all we need.
LaTeisha || YWAM KC Staff