6 "What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins?
Yet God does not forget a single one of them.
7 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.
In the 12th chapter of Luke account of Jesus' life, he quotes Jesus as saying “don't be afraid” or “don't worry”
In verse 4,
In verse verse 7,
In verse 11,
In verse 22,
Twice in verse 29,
And in verse 32.
That's 7 times in the first 32 verses.
Clearly, it was something Luke thought was very important to include in his account of Jesus' life.
And clearly Jesus felt it was important to communicate in the 32 verse span in a single talk He had with a crowd one day.
If Jesus never had said “don't be afraid” or “don't worry” ever again in any of the other Gospels, I would think these 7 times recorded in Luke 12 would be enough to quiet our fears.
If Jesus says He's got our 6, He's got our 6.
And yet we are afraid a lot, & we worry a lot.
Could it be that deep down we don't trust Him – we don't think He'll come through for us in the tight place.
We just don't trust Him.
Is there EVER a time when Jesus doesn't come through on who & what He says He'll be & do?
Is it a trust issue or is it a control issue.
We don't feel in control unless we're expressing our concerns about something...
Like, our puny & prissy strength will make that much difference either way?!
What would our lives look like,
& what would our world look like,
if we who claim to follow Jesus actually did not live from fear to fear,
or spend a lot of time worrying about stuff that never happens?
Think about that today.
And as you face your fears & worries today (just like I will), what if we just said to those fears & worries that we're gonna trust Jesus just a little bit more to take care of that situation that scares us or worries us.