Don’t know how it’s possible, but I can wake up anxious. Life looms large and uncertainty nags. Noise, news, naysayers…it’s all there to knot the stomach.
But there’s this one little verse I go to as an escape route. It’s my exit ramp from the fret cycle. This one little verse can do *all that* for me: It can prompt faith, calm and childlike trust in my heart.
It can help me stop acting so grown-up responsible, like the world depends on me to be a savior or something, like I *need* to fret and my kids need me to worry and be their redeemer from all things evil.
It helps me become the child and simply trust a good Father.
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“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
Sometimes you need to dig a little bit to mine treasures. So let’s mine this verse and see how it can help us stop fretting. Let’s take it phrase by phrase:
Were there any greater words spoken from the God of all creation, who sees all and knows all, to sinful fallen man?
From the God who knows the depth of my depravity, who sees my failures and insecurities, who understands ISIS and cancer and where this broken, scary world is headed, who knows where my kids will be in 20 years, who knows how we’ll pay bills …He is the One who says to me: “Fear not.”
After “fear not” comes this term of endearment. Little flock.
In it, He acknowledges my smallness. “Little” isn’t a problem for Him. I don’t have to be super- spiritual- woman. I don’t have to figure everything out. He knows how incapable and insignificant, how small, I am… and He can handle it.
Then He says “flock” because He wants to remind me that He’s the Shepherd. The Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His friends. He will never, ever leave me hanging. Ever. He sees me as one of His little sheep, purchased and paid for forever.
Not only is He my good Shepherd who will never abandon His own, He is my Father. Close, committed, affectionate, dependable, and able.
Mine that one for a bit.
The thing that delights my Father is not that which benefits Him, but me. He enjoys giving. Freely and at great personal cost. It delights Him not to receive but to give, not to need but to meet mine. Not to have His feet washed but to wash ours.
Generous, He is. And lavish. He doesn’t sell lots in the Kingdom, He gives it all away.
If there were anything worth having, it’d be the royal Kingdom~ the one that belongs to the King of Kings. All things righteous, holy, noble and good are the very things He’s delighted to generously give to His little flock.
Now that’s how to defeat fear.
This new day you’re facing? You can face it without fret because Your King and Shepherd is your Father and He is good. He withholds no good thing from those who seek Him. He delights to give you the Kingdom.
So stop fretting and start trusting. How about it?