Monday, April 30, 2012

And you can't trust God for what?

E100 - Day 61 - Luke 9:1-36

"You give them something to eat," He told them. "We have no more than five loaves and two fish," they said, "unless we go and buy food for all these people." ~ Luke 9:13

Jesus called a meeting of the twelve, gave them power and authority over demons and sickness, and sent them, empty handed, to walk the roads proclaiming his authority. He told them that people along the way would take care of their needs. They did what He said, He did what He said He would do, and word about Him spread. Then a crowd of 5,000 men plus women and children chased him down at Bethsaida. He preached all day till the people were hungry. The twelve encouraged him to send the people to buy their own supper. Jesus told the twelve to feed them, at which they balked. So, Jesus took 5 loaves and 2 fish and fed this huge crowd. He multiplied so much food that there were leftovers. 12 baskets. Could those 12 baskets be for the 12?

He had given them authority and guaranteed provision. They had cast out demons, healed the sick, and found free food and lodging. Yet, when faced with a hungry crowd, they were faithless. I think the 12 baskets were a huge, in your face, "Oh, my goodness," rebuke of their unbelief. Worry and faith do not dwell together. So, in the Sermon On The Mount, Jesus speaks directly to the issue. He asks how we can believe He feeds birds and clothes the fields with flowers and can still worry that He will not take care of us (Matthew 6:25-34)

Jesus is not sympathetic or therapeutic about worry. He is as straightforward as 12 baskets of leftovers. The only answers He gives are 1) don't worry, 2) trust your Father who loves you, and 2) get your focus off of all the stuff you are worrying about and on His kingdom and His righteousness.

In the words of Yoda in Star Wars, "Do or do not. There is no try." We either trust Him, or we worry.