Eternal Savior Lutheran Church

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March 29 – Honoring God In Repentant Trust

Introduction:  Grace be to you and peace, from God our Father, and from our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.  Our text is the Scripture Reading from Matt. 6.  We begin with prayer. 

Dear fellow disciples of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ:

  • It is a constant part of our daily lives – worry!  I suppose that if everything we worried about was suddenly taken care of and resolved, we’d quickly find an abundance of other things to worry about.
  • And its not just personal things that we worry about – but all kinds of other things as well.  We worry about politics, the economy, the weather, disasters, diseases, and the sinfulness of the world.  Well, I guess once we start worrying about these things it becomes personal!
  • We worry not just about the things that are within our control, but also many things that we have no impact or influence upon –things that are so big only God can manage them, but we worry about them anyway. 
  • We are so bothered and consumed by our worries that we don’t even stop to think about what this reveals about our faith, that in our worrying we are really saying some pretty bad things about God – that He is untrustworthy, unfaithful, unloving, and uncaring about us.
  • So we must listen carefully to the instruction and encouragement of Jesus, remembering that He is our Savior and Lord, and how much love He has demonstrated for us in His suffering and death on the cross for our salvation!

I.  First, That There Are Numerous Legitimate Concerns And Cares That We Have – And That Even God Takes Note Of Them

Text:  “For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.”

 

Statement:

  • Have you ever considered that God is watching very carefully over all aspects of your life?  You remember that Jesus assured us that “even the hairs of your head are all numbered!  If God is concerned enough about you to keep track of the number of hairs you have, don’t you figure that He is even more concerned about the issues that are of critical importance to you – what you will eat, what you will drink, what you will wear; and also all of the issues of your family, and of your house, home, finance, health, safety, and success? 

 

Application:

  •  So with these instructions Jesus encourages us to know that God is with us in all of the things we are worried about – that He knows what we need, He knows what is best for us, and He is right there with us as our partner in life!  And surely, with God as our partner we should know that we have nothing to fear, and nothing to worry about!  And the guarantee of God’s good and gracious will for us is the price He was willing to pay for our redemption and salvation – the life of His beloved Son Jesus! 

 

Transition:  So we really must give some serious thought to this whole matter of worrying!  For the truth is that:

 

II.  Worry, Which Seems So Prudent And Reasonable A Response To The Challenges, Difficulties, And Dangers Of Life, Is Actually Faithless And Idolatrous

 

A.  Obviously, It Is Faithless – Putting No Trust In God And His Promises

 

B.  And Obviously, To Put Faith In Ourselves Or Others, Rather Than In God, Is Idolatrous

 

Statement:

  •  So we need to understand the nub of the matter in this whole business of worrying – how demeaning our worrying is of God!  Yet even though it is quite dark and damnable sin, terribly insulting to God, we can’t seem to resist the temptation to worry.  Try as we may, we seem constantly afflicted with concerns, fears, anxieties, and worries!

 

Application:

  • But not to worry – the Lord Jesus Christ came to free us from these sins, and His blood cleanses us from all guilt and stain, including the guilt from our sins of worrying.  Thank God that we do not have to get rid of our worrying to be reconciled to Him and at peace with Him!  He has reconciled us to Himself in Christ Jesus, and “being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  The one thing that He does not want us to worry about is His love for us – ever!

 

Transition:  So, it is not to make us worried or fearful that Jesus addressed this issue, but rather out of love for us, because He loves us and wants only the best for us – and that includes putting away the worries and fears that afflict us by putting our faith and trust in God.  And:

 

III.  Repentance And Faith In God’s Gracious Love, And In His Promises To Provide For Us, Free Us To Honor Him By Trusting In Him

 

A.  By Trusting His Providence In All Areas Of Our Lives

 

Text:  “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

 

B.  So That We Are Freed To Seek First The Kingdom Of God, And His Righteousness – As Our Highest Priority, Thus Honoring God – Trusting That God Will Be Providing All That We Need

 

Text:  “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

 

Statement:

  • Obviously it is a great blessing to be “worry free.”  We try to get to this point by gaining power, or saving up enough money, or being smart enough to always have the upper hand.  Deep inside, however, we know that these things are never really “trustworthy,” and so they can never make us truly “worry free.”  But God is powerful enough to guarantee our well-being and blessedness – and He has promised to do just this!  He loves us, and wills for us to be free – free to devote ourselves fully to Him!

 

Application:

  • So our protocol is set:  1] we repent of our sins of worrying;  2] we rejoice in God’s gracious mercy and forgiveness; 3] we take note of His power and His promises, and put our faith and trust in Him; 4] and secure and free by faith and trust in God, we commit our full energy to our life of repentance, faith in God, and service to those people whom He has given us to love and care for.
  •  We do so not fearfully and anxiously, but with humble confidence and joy, knowing Who our partner is and what He has promised to us!

 

Conclusion:

  • And surely this is a better way of living than being worried, anxious, and fearful!  We know that it is better, and so does God, and He wants the best for each of you, the very best!  Amen.

 

Votum:  And the peace of God, which surpasses all human understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds in the true faith, which is in Christ Jesus, even unto life everlasting, Amen.