So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)
Why would you? The Lord has your back.
This is why the Holy Spirit says to not be “anxious about your life,” (Matt. 6:25).
“Anxious” can be understood as “care” or even “distracted.”
Jesus points to the birds. “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them,” (Matt. 6:25).
Freed from the burden of caring for themselves, the birds just sing.
Have you heard them already this early Spring?
Worries provide a marvelous opportunity to trust in the One who’s handling the big stuff…and the little.
Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran
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People watch. Pandemic times. Interesting.
People are shaken.
God used fear in Leviticus 26:36 to tear down any falseconfidence. “I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of theirenemies. The sound of a driven leaf shall put them to flight…”
God is working. He unsettles souls.
Fear at the slightest of threats, a rustling leaf.
Of what do they fear? Temporal death. Fear of dyingcripples.
How different for those in Christ?
Taught by God, there’s the bigger picture. Eternal death,that’s the big penalty.
Repeatedly, the Bible preaches: Christ Jesus Himself tooketernal death off the table by His own temporal and eternal death on the Cross.
Luther writes in the Large Catechism: “He (Jesus) hassnatched us, poor lost creatures, from the jaws of hell, won us, made us free,and restored us to the Father’s favor and grace,” (LC page 31).
Talk to those veteran believers. “If the Lord takes me nowthrough this virus, I’m ready. I’m His either way.”
Go ahead. People watch.
Settle their souls with the Gospel.