Luke 12:32 – “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.” NASB
Fear is a tormenting destructive element in life. Through fear, faith is made empty and void. Through fear, lives are ruined and made miserable. Are you aware that the most frequently given command by God in the Bible is “Fear Not!” It is issued approximately 84 times in the Bible. If we are afraid it gives the appearance that we do not trust God and God says, Fear Not!
What are we to fear? In Luke 12:5 Jesus declares, “But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who after He has killed has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!” That brings me to the question, “What is the source or origin of fear? Where does it come from?” I also must entertain the question, “What does fear do?”
In Luke 12:6-7, we are shown God’s knowledge and power as well as the worth of man, “Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? And yet not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
In Vv. 8-10 we discover God’s Plan for man, “And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man shall confess him also before the angels of God; 9 but he who denies Me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. 10 “And everyone who will speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him.”
In Vv. 11-12 we see God’s promise of guidance for those who Trust Him, “And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not become anxious about how or what you should speak in your defense, or what you should say; 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
God’s Command is FEAR NOT! I suggest that you reread the parable of the rich fool in Vv. 16-21. He trusted the arm of flesh in contrast to God’s provisions and promises. He failed to recognize how temporal life is and how much we need to be totally dependent on God.
In Luke 12:31, we find God’s desire for man, “But seek for His kingdom, and these things shall be added to you.” We are to seek Him above all else and enjoy His abundant supply. In v. 32 we find God’s Promise to man, He wants to give us the Kingdom. God is in control and it brings Him joy and pleasure to care for us.
Fear says, “Though I have heard the Promises, I am not fully persuaded that I can trust those promises or the God of those promises.” Fear is Doubt. God says, in Luke 12:32 – “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.” In v. 31 He gives the instruction of how we receive and enter into that Kingdom. It is through putting Him first in everything and seeking Him with our whole heart. God is in control; therefore, we can trust Him and the step out on His Promises and expect them to be realities in our lives.”
I conclude by asking where is your faith? I pray that it will be in God, His Word, His Character, His Covenant, and His Promises.
May you have a great day today in Him!