BIBLE READING|MATTHEW 6:25-33
In today’s bible reading, Jesus, continuing with his Sermon on the Mount turns to the subject of worry. Worry can be about what we do not have or the things we lack. Three times in this passage Jesus uses the phrase “Do not worry” (vv. 25, 31, 34). He did so because worrying is futile. When we succumb to worry, we simply allow circumstances around us to tear us apart. If God cares for birds, he will care for us because we are of more value. If he cares for the lilies of the field, he can care for us. When we worry, we are exactly like the unbelievers who do not know God.
When we worry, we get agitated and think about an issue over and over again without addressing or finding a possible solution. It is energy sapping and causes stress. Rather, we can be concerned about an issue. Concerns arrest or compel our attention, and therefore, an urge to do something about it. Our concerns should drive us to focus on real problems which provide us enough spiritual energy to respond with definite godly solutions (Psalms 55:22 and Phil. 4:6).
Therefore, to avoid worrying Jesus made the statement in vs. 33 of our text, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” We need a system of priorities. You make seeking God your priority – an earnest desire for God’s righteous rule in your heart and life while on this earth. This would not preclude planning ahead, taking appropriate insurance, make savings, make retirement plans, invest wisely etc. It is that you do not cast your cares on these but on God.
PRAYER: Father Lord, deliver me from worrying and teach me to cast my care on you at all times.
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