Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Seeking



It can't be read too many times:
“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? 
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? 
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 
And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 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?  
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
(Matthew 6:25-34 ESV)


"Sufficient for the day is its own trouble"
We aren't promised an easy life without problems. Our days are guaranteed troubles. We live in a fallen world, not heaven, and will only grow increasingly frustrated if we expect perfection with no trials or difficulties. 

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you"
Why is it sometimes so difficult to remember where to go first in difficult or anxious moments? 
"Your heavenly Father knows you need them all," so how is it that I trick myself into thinking he doesn't quite understand the situation or the best solution? 


He knows. And cares. 100% of the time He is working for our good, even if we don't see it as such. 

"And all these things will be added to you"
It reminds me of Luke 11 when Jesus is teaching his disciples about God's love for them. He reminds them that if a sinful father on earth gives good gifts and such loving attention to his children, how much more so will the Father in heaven care for his children? 

He ends by telling them not that God will give them all the things they may think they need, but he will give them something even better- "how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" (Luke 11:13) Exactly what we need - God's Spirit. 

Praying and asking today.

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