Thursday 3 July, 2014

Matthew 6:25-34

25 “I tell you, do not worry. Don’t worry about your life and what you will eat or drink. And don’t worry about your body and what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than eating? Aren’t there more important things for the body than clothes? 26 “Look at the birds of the air. They don’t plant or gather crops. They don’t put away crops in storerooms. But your Father who is in heaven feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are? 27 “Can you add even one hour to your life by worrying? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the wild flowers grow. They don’t work or make clothing. 29 But here is what I tell you. Not even Solomon in all of his glory was dressed like one of those flowers. 30 “If that is how God dresses the wild grass, won’t he dress you even better? After all, the grass is here only today. Tomorrow it is thrown into the fire. Your faith is so small! 31 “So don’t worry. Don’t say, ‘What will we eat?’ Or, ‘What will we drink?’ Or, ‘What will we wear?’ 32 People who are ungodly run after all of those things. Your Father who is in heaven knows that you need them. 33 “But put God’s kingdom first. Do what he wants you to do. Then all of those things will also be given to you. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

This is a very well known passage, yet one that we should not take for granted! Despite it being well known we still worry about things in our everyday lives. Two psychological approaches which have become popular in recent years are ‘learning to change our thinking’ and ‘positive thinking’. In this passage God shows that he thought of them first!

Concentrating on living the way God wants us to, and adopting his priorities as our priorities, means that we change our thinking from the worrisome thoughts to more positive ones. Add to that the fact that our Heavenly Father is completely trustworthy and good, and our faith grows, giving us a much more affirmative outlook on life.

Heavenly Father thank you that you know my needs much better than I do, and that you will supply all my needs when I put you first.

Written by Megan Cornell

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