|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Stay strong”
Our Bible verse for today: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” Matthew 6:33 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Don’t worry, trust God”
Are you familiar with the “Do not worry” portion of the Sermon on the Mount? It’s my wife’s favorite passage. It’s found in Matthew 6:25-34. There Jesus teaches more about the subject we considered in yesterday’s devotional regarding the sovereignty of God. In that devotional we learned that not only does God rule and reign over all creation, and not only does He have power and full control over all things, but God is also good and merciful and compassionate. He loves us more than we know and He is always seeking the best for us.
So, in the “Do not worry” passage, Jesus tells us not to worry about our life, or about what we will eat or drink or wear. He points out that our sovereign, loving, compassionate Father in heaven even looks out for and provides for the birds of the air, and that we are much more important to Him than are birds and other lesser forms of His creation. Jesus assures us that God knows everything about all that is going on in our lives and that He is committed to caring for us and providing for us. Therefore, we don’t need to worry. Instead, as verse 33 tells us, “… seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” The Old Testament prophet Isaiah said the same thing in a slightly different way. In Isaiah 26:3 he wrote, “He will keep in perfect peace the one whose mind is stayed on Him, because he trusts in you.”
Pastor and author Chuck Swindoll once observed, “God takes care of His own. He knows our needs. He anticipates our crises. He is moved by our weaknesses. He stands ready to come to our rescue. And at just the right moment, He steps in and proves Himself as our faithful heavenly Father.
My word of encouragement for you this morning is, “Don’t worry, trust God.” Keep your mind focused on Him. Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and then just trust Him. You will be stronger for doing so.
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