Wednesday, December 8, 2021
30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
-Matthew 6:30-34 The Message
Verse 30: But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow, is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!
Verse 31: Do not worry then, saying, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear for clothing?’
Verse 32: For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
Verse 33: But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided to you.
Verse 33: To seek his kingdom and His righteousness means to turn to God for help first. This will help fill your thoughts with these desires and take his character for your pattern, serve and obey him in everything. What is important to you? People, goals, other desires all compete for priority. Any one of these can bump God out of first place if you choose to give him first place in every area of your life.
Verse 34: “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Verse 34 study: Planning for tomorrow is productive. Worrying about tomorrow is counterproductive. It’s hard to tell the difference sometimes. Careful planning is thinking ahead about goals, steps, schedules, and trusting God’s guidance. When it is done well, planning can help alleviate worry. Worriers, by contrast, are consumed with fear and find it difficult to trust God. They let their plans interfere with their relationship with God. Don’t let the worries of tomorrow affect your relationship with God today.
Father, the day’s question is, why worry when you are in our lives? Some find it hard to trust you when consumed with thoughts that may not go right. I pray today that the worriers will give you a chance, give you time to work all of it out and that their patience and faithful in you will pay off when they are productive. In Jesus’ name. Amen.