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Spiritual matters
God takes care of our spiritual needs

August 17, 2011

We read from Matthew 13:15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”

In Matthew 13 we read about Jesus feeding the 5,000. Some would tell us that based on this passage that Jesus will give us all that we need in this life.

In fact, we often hear that Jesus promises to take care of all of our needs. That thought is based on this passage among others.

So if God promises to take care of all of our needs, why do you get sick? Why do you or a family member have cancer or die from cancer?

Christ did not come to this earth as an earthly king, but rather as a spiritual king.

So what does that mean? It means that Christ will take care of us. He will provide for us according to His will.

But we must realize that it is not always His will that we don’t get sick, or that we are cured of our illness. And because of sin, He also promises that we will all one day die. But He also promises that all whom the Father gives Him, He will also never abandon.

That means that for all who believe on Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior, that He will keep them in His care forever and ever.

For those who believe on Jesus Christ, He will keep them eternally in the one true faith. Christ did not come to this earth to take care of your physical needs, but rather to take care of your spiritual needs.

This miracle had nothing to do with Jesus taking care of all of our physical needs, but that we are to have faith in Him.

Having faith in Jesus Christ, He will spiritually care for us all our days, because He has promised that He will protect all those whom His Father has given Him to take care of.

Believing on Jesus Christ as our only Savior, Jesus promises to keep us in the one true faith.

We will always be the children of God, never to be lost from His fold, never to be taken from Him. We will be His eternally!

This is all because Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, and rose from the dead on the third day, and His Holy Spirit opens our hearts and minds to believe this.

By Christ’s death and resurrection through faith in Him, we are assured of our eternal life. No guessing, no worrying, instead, we are His eternally.

This is His promise to us. And what a promise it is, that by believing on Jesus Christ, we will be His forever and ever, living eternally in Heaven with Him! Amen.

The Rev. Kelly Todd is pastor of Christ Lutheran Church.