In the month of January we spent four weeks letting the words of Jesus show us that we don’t have to live in fear, worry, or anxiety. Instead Jesus directly invites us to live in security, a security that only He can provide.
Fear and trust cannot live together.
They’re like bad roommates.
I had a bad roommate once. He was my first roommate in college. When we arrived to unload my stuff, he had already taken down my bed, and was passed out drunk on top of both mattresses with the floor entirely covered in what is best described as “debauchery”.
I couldn’t live with him. Just that simple.
Fear and trust are like me and that guy, they are incompatible.
The simple truth about fear is this: we’re only fearful when don’t fully trust Jesus.
Proverbs 3:5-6 is an epic passage on fear:
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
I love this passage, because it gives me permission to be slow.
You know what? If you follow Jesus, there are going to be times that you don’t get it. And… that’s ok.
You see, trust doesn’t mean that you don’t have questions or that you understand completely. The scriptures tell us to not lean on our understanding.
You won’t get it. And… that’s ok.
Trust also means you won’t always completely agree. There’s going to be times that God tells you to do something, and you won’t agree at all.
The scriptures tell us that if live lives that acknowledge him, HE will make our paths straight.
Don’t argue with Jesus. Do it anyway.
Choose your roommate wisely… because, you don’t want to end up with that crazy roommate that’s going to eat all your food, wear your clothes, and break your stuff. Fear is that guy.
Trust Jesus. He’s the one you want to live with.
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