Have no concern

girl-358770_640Genesis 45:20: Have no concern for your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.'”

God does not want us to live with concern. Jesus said that we should not worry (Matthew 6:25-33), Paul added that instead of that we should make our request made known to God (Philippians 4:6).

It is not that God does not know your care but making your request from him is an expression of faith. And the bible said that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Peter said that we should cast our cares upon the Lord for his cares for you (1Peter 5:7).

Jesus rebuked the disciples for being concerned about bread after he had just multiplied it to feed thousands (Mark 8:13-21).  Jesus was amazed at their unbelief.

This goes to show that the perspective that you share will determine if you are afraid or not. When we worry it eats up our joy. When we worry it is because we do not see things above but things below.

When we worry we have directed our eyes from God to our situation. When Peter walked on water, he was fine until his eyes was moved from looking on Jesus. He had told Jesus, “If it be you bid me to come to you on the sea (Matthew 14:23-33).” He expressed confidence to be able to do the same thing Jesus did, but that was not sustainable when he began seeing things the way Jesus will. He saw (pay attention to and consider) the boisterous wind on the sea. His concern sank him, but faith helped him walk on water.

When the wine in a marriage in Cana of Galilee got finished (John 2:1-11), the people had two options: to worry or not to worry, but the mother of Jesus Mary took the right step. She came to Jesus with a request: they have no wine.

Jesus participated in the event but did not just eat the meal, but was a blessing. Jesus said that it is more blessed to give that to receive (Acts 20:35). When you give, you express, at least in a limited sense, that you have no concern about your life, and are willing to help others take care of their concern.

There are many things we should not involve ourselves in because we want to be free from concern. Jesus was told to come and be king but he did not agree, because he does not want the promotion that comes from men but that which comes from God (John 6:13-16). The blessings of the Lord makes rich adding no sorrow to it (Proverbs 10:22). Though the call to be king seems like a good thing, because it wasn’t a blessing of God, and so there can be no guarantee that there will be no sorrow (toxic concern) added to it. Whatever assignment that God does not give you, you have no guarantee of grace for it.

Jesus said we should come to him (Matthew 11:28-30), those of us who are heavy laden and in and he will give them rest. He wanted them to learn from him how to live without concern. Rather than be full of concern the disciple saw him being full of prayer. Prayer was his life.

The Holy Spirit has come to help us live above concerns. He is associated with righteousness, peace and joy (Romans 14:17). Somewhere else he is associated with the fruits of peace, joy love (Galatians 5:22-23).

Form the focus verse, the reason the people of Israel were told to have no concern is what they have. They were told: the best is yours, so there is no reason to worry if you will be taken care of.

When we realise what is ours then we would rest.

When we realise what is ours then we would rest. We would stop being agitated. The bible says that we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3). We are actually in the heavenly places, our supply comes from the glory/light of God, in whose presence we now dwell in Christ Jesus.

That was what Paul wanted to impress on the Philippian church when he told them that their needs will be met by the glory of God (Philippians 4:19). His words: my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  In Christ we have everything. Christ is both the wisdom and the power of God. We are joint-heirs with him (Romans 8:17), so we have what he has.

He does not just take care of us in this world but also in the world to come. He told his people that it was good for them that he went away because then he will go and prepare a place for them, so that where he is they will be also. He said in my father’s house there are many mansions and I am going to prepare a place for you (John 14:1-4). He thinks ahead for you, and takes care of issues well before they crop up.

Jesus lived his life totally immersed in the love of God. And He brought to us that reality, the reality of heaven, the reality of the power of God, of the glory of God of the presence of God.

In the presence of God there is fullness of joy and that presence manifests what we need (Psalm 16:14). It was the presence of God with the children of Israel on their journey from the Egypt that supernaturally manifested the manna supplied to them in the wilderness daily for forty years.

They enjoyed divine supply to the hilt. But there was a caveat. They had to trust God daily. God said that they should not leave any manna for tomorrow (Exodus 16:15-36). The plates had to be empty when they go to bed, they were not supposed to prepare for tomorrow, not hoarding the supply of today but committing their needs tomorrow to God. They were to jump like Peter into the ocean of tomorrow trusting in the promise of God to supply their needs. Following on that Jesus said that we should ask God daily: give us this day our daily bread (Matthew 6:9-13). That is a call for daily trust in God to live without concern.

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