Week One – Day 4
Thursday Matthew 6:25-34 Matthew 6:31-33
Matthew 6:25-34English Standard Version (ESV)
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
O – Jesus’ dialogue in this passage is talking of God’s taking care of the little things: birds of the air, flowers in the field, grass of the field. They are “clothed” and taken care of – how much MORE does our Heavenly Father take care of us? So – why do we worry about so many things, wondering if God will take care of the details of OUR lives? The basic necessities of life – what we eat or wear – God knows that we need them. If He feeds and clothes the lilies, or the birds, why wouldn’t He do the same for us – and we are created in His own image? We are His children! Instead of being so concerned about what HE will do for us, we are called to seek Him and His kingdom first, and then all the other things will be added as well. Don’t worry about the future – take care of the “worries” of today…..
A – How many times have I worried about “what will happen if….?” I am reminded today, to remember His faithfulness in the past – His provision. I also need to remember that it is not the material things that I should be concerned about, but the spiritual. Do I seek my spiritual growth and maturity as much as, or more than, taking care of the physical? Do I “feed” my inner soul like I feed my body? I am grateful for this season in my life, where I can take the time to delve into the Word and seek Him each day. I am SO fortunate! I am called to seek Him FIRST. FIRST. Not in a secondary manner, but FIRST.
P – Father God, You are my Creator. You made all things, but you made me in YOUR image. Thank You for Your provision of my needs. I remember how You took care of me in the past, making sure that I had food and clothing, when money was scarce. Now, I see how You have called me to be generous with what You gave me. And, I still see Your provision in my life. Thank You for all You have given to me – beyond my basic needs. As I sit, looking out over the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, I see how You have provided exceedinly abundantly more than I could have asked or imagined two years ago. Keep me faithful to YOU, feeding my soul in Your Word, and giving thanks to You for Your blessings. Help me to seek You first. All I have needed Your hand has provided. Great is Your faithfulness, Lord unto me! You are faithful. Thank You, Lord.
Great Is Thy Faithfulness – Selah – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrsfCZvqGxQ