Thought for the Day #335

 

DON'T WORRY

 

Matthew 6:31-34 (New American Standard Bible)

 

 31 "Do not be anxious then, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'With what shall we clothe ourselves?' 32 "For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. 34 "Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

We live in an age that is filled with stress. Insecurity and uncertainties concerning our daily situations have never been more complex.

 

 Many try to escape their fear through recreational and entertainment activity, or attaining possessions and wealth, only to discover that once their diversions are ended, their situation is unchanged. Worry and concern returns.

 

They find themselves still occupied in the continual pursuit of happiness. Contentment and peace is something of a distant past, so faded from memory that they have forgotten the tranquility that they are once enjoyed.

 

This should not be so with God's children. We are not to be preoccupied with worry and cares of the day. The needs and possessions of this world are those things that the Gentiles (heathen) are always seeking.

 

God has made a covenant with his people. If we learn to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, then all of these things will be added unto us as we have need, he declares.

 

Remember that God is our provider. He delights in meeting the need of his people. He does not want us worrying about the future. We can trust him to provide our necessities, even our desires beyond necessity.

 

The secret: Always put God first, trust him, and you need not be overly concerned with the cares of this life. He is always faithful to keep his promises.

 

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, you know my situation. It is very hard for me not to worry. I really want to trust you with all of my heart. Teach me how to use my faith. I long for peace and tranquility in my life. Help me to draw so close to you and your righteousness that my concerns for the future will fade away. I want to enjoy the day that you have given me and trust you to safely guide my steps and provide my need when tomorrow becomes today. I pray in the name of Jesus, my Lord Redeemer. Amen.