33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.Matthew 6:33-34
The passage above is a very common passage that multitudes of Christians have memorized. But it still seems that at least a dozen times a day we start worrying about the next week/month/year of life, work, friendships, and family.
For some of us we’re worried about what outfits to wear next week in order to look cool, or maybe we have meetings and other work functions that we wonder how we’re going to finish the rest of our work before the deadline. The list of things we could worry about goes on for a long time.
When we worry about the future we often add false obstacles and false commentary into some legitimate obstacles that we face. There are times when we let false commentary impact our attitude over an interaction that’s about to happen, or we anticipate feedback from someone over a decision, and have rebuttals already lined up for the comments we might get.
For most of us, our attitudes are so impacted by worry that we miss out on many (MANY) opportunities that the Lord puts in our path.
Worry takes away the ability to enjoy what God has given us.
Jesus didn’t worry about the reality of His upcoming crucifixion; He knew it was coming but it didn’t paralyze Him or cause Him to miss what His Father was doing on earth. He didn’t worry when people left Him because of His difficult teachings, He continued to love and serve the sinners and the least of us up to and through His death and resurrection. He faced so many tough situations, but He endured it all ‘for the joy that was set before Him.’ (Hebrews 12:2).
The truth is, if we continuously focus on the joy of His kingdom, we will never worry again.
What are some things you are worried about that you can bring before God in prayer? How can we seek first His kingdom together?
Dearest Lord, How often have we worried about our life and the things we can’t control and forgotten about you? It’s more often than we can know. Purify our hearts and minds as we seek first your kingdom as a family. May You increase in our lives as we decrease. Have your way in us! In Jesus name, Amen.