Readings for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost
Luke 12:22-34; Hebrews 11:1-16; Genesis 15:1-6
“Trust Me.” Well, maybe so and then again maybe not. Every day you face decisions about whom to trust. The repairman who tells you what the project will cost. The babysitter who watches your children. The pilot who flies you across the country. The politician who promises you a change for the better. Trust is essential to our relationship with God. And that trust is warranted on the basis of concrete ways in which God has, time and again, earned our trust. This is the theme of Sunday’s readings.
We can trust God to provide for our earthly needs because He knows them perfectly and has proven His ability to provide in the past. Therefore we should not panic, even when hard times come our way. Instead “seek His Kingdom, and all the rest will be added as well” (Lk 12).
We can trust God, as our Old Testament ancestors did, to bring us to our final destination which is not of this age. Even now, we are “strangers and exiles” headed on our way to a “better country, a heavenly city” (Heb 11).
We can trust God because He has a track record of keeping big promises. To an old and childless couple named Abram and Sarai He gave children “as numerous as the stars in the heavens” (Gen 15).