But seek ye first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things (food, clothing and shelter) will be added to you as well. Matthew 6:33.
What do you worry about the most? Are the things that make you anxious worth defining your life? Some studies show that about 80 percent of the things we worry about happening never happen.
What is your first thought when you face a new challenge, a new problem or trial or sudden setback?
Is it Jesus? If it’s not where is Jesus in your thought process when you face a new challenge? Or do you, like many folks, tell yourself, “I can handle this. I’ll figure this out.”? Then, when your efforts go south and you have no where else to turn, is that when you call on Jesus?
When you read what Jesus taught His disciples in Matthew 6 you realize something. Jesus was teaching His disciples and us that He will always provide everything we need, if we seek Him first.
The Lord told Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. And before you were born, I consecrated you. 1:5. And in Psalm 139, David writes, “My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the womb your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” V.15-16.
When God’s Word says we were consecrated by God as Jeremiah said, and if all our days were ordained by God before one of them came to be we realize something. If we allow worry to dominate our lives, and if Jesus is not going to be master of our lives, we’ll live confounded and confused.
Don’t let the things you worry about define who you are. When we worry, we lose our ability to be creative and effective in the life God has given you. Allow God to direct your steps.
O, Father, we know each day we are bombarded by distractions and trials and unexpected interruptions that cause us to worry. Dear God, help us all realize that You are in control and that if we will seek first Your Kingdom and Your righteousness, You will care for us and provide everything we need to live effective lives for You. In Jesus’ name we pray.