Date: Tuesday, September 10
Scripture: Matthew 6:25-35
Verse: Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ (Matthew 6:31)
Worry. So much time is burned on our worry. We lose sleep. We can’t eat. We have trouble focusing on the tasks before us. All of which negatively impacts the rest of our lives. Our worry can consume our lives.
These questions – What will we eat?, What will we drink? and What will we wear? – seem like trivial worries for many of us. We can go to King Soopers or a drive thru any time of the day to get something to eat or drink, on our way back from Kohl’s where we can buy clothes for 80% off at the discount racks. But to the original hearers of these words from Jesus, these were far more serious. They were living under Roman occupation. They were heavily taxed, and did not have enough to live on. Food was not near as plentiful as it is for us. Clean water was difficult to come by. Clothes had to be hand made. These were very real concerns about the basic necessities of life.
Notice Jesus doesn’t simply tell them not to worry about these things. That would be like the old trick of telling someone not to think of a polka dotted elephant, which then becomes the one thought they cannot shake. Instead Jesus redirects the worry. “Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness,” Jesus tells us. Focus on God and doing his will, Jesus says, and the rest will take care of itself.
Do you worry about the future? I do sometimes. When it happens next time, I will begin to focus on seeking after my life in God’s kingdom, seeking to do his will, and trust him to provide for the rest.
Prayer: Remind me, Lord Jesus, to redirect my energy wasted on worry toward seeking your will for my life. Amen.
Action: Make a list of your past worries for which you now realize you didn’t need to worry. Put them aside to be used the next time you find yourself worried.
Respond: When have you worried about something, only to look back later realizing it wasn’t something to worry about after all? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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