What a statement of fact. How do we enjoy the “much more?” By receiving His grace, recognizing God, obeying Him and relying on Him. How much simpler could it be?
We like to make things so complicated. But Jesus was the epitome of simplicity. When the principles of life come into play, God looks after His children — period.
We need to know who Jesus is. We need to learn to rely on Him. Then we can be done with questioning and concentrate on the “much more” He has for us.
Jesus said to be careful about one thing — our relationship with Him.
“Oh no, I’ve got to consider first how I’m going to make it in this world.”
Sure, but our relationship is your first concern, said Jesus.
It’s only when we lose that right relationship that we begin to look for other situations that could benefit us. We get impatient when things don’t work out the way we plan. Instead of “this is where God put me,” we pick up and choose our own place to “put down roots.” And we get bogged down trying to figure out what God is about.
Jesus said to consider the lilies, behold the fowls of the air ... “O ye of little faith.”
Trusting God is positive consideration. Jesus said if we would first obey in the life He has given us, God would look out after everything else.
Oftentime, the cry is “Lord, I want to believe you.”
That is a cry of not knowing Him. Has He ever lied? How would you like to tell someone the truth and then they look you in the eye and say, “I wish I could believe you.” That’s saying, “I don’t believe you — you’re untrustworthy.”
In Mark 9, when a child was brought to Jesus for healing, Jesus told the father, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23 KJV).
And the man cried out, “Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief.” He was not saying, “I don’t trust you — I dont believe you.” He was earnestly seeking for whatever he needed from God — not just the healing for his son, but for the knowledge of who Jesus was.
Remember Christ knows your situation. He understands your circumstances better than you do yourself. Do you think God has to be informed of where you are in life?
Only God has the solutions. Only God has the answers. If you must be anxious, be anxious to pursue Him.
Paul reiterates this to the Colossians: “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection things above, not on things n the earth” (Colossians 3: 1,2 KJV).
Lord, I believe ... help ...
“How strong and sweet my Father’s care, That round about me, like the air;
Is with me always, everywhere! He cares for me.
Then through grat wonder with it brings, My cares are all such little things.
But to the truth my glad heart clings. He cares for me.”
(The Brethren Hymnal 1951)