Daily Devotion Monday, September 30

Monday, September 30, 2013 – Psalm 68; 2 Kings 17:24-41; 1 Corinthians 7:25-31 and Matthew 6:25-34

Matthew 6:25-34 – 25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26Look 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? 27And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you — you of little faith? 31Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

34“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

I don’t worry about things as much as I used to. It used to be that I’d worry about most anything. Now the older I get the more I sense how worry only takes from life. When I catch myself worrying about something, I notice how I go to the worst case scenario.

Here’s some things I do worry about. The future of the United States of America; it seems we’re at an impasse once again in Washington DC and I worry about what the future holds for us as a country. I worry about the health of some of my members. It’s hard to see some dealing with major health issues. I worry about my kids and their families. I think that is natural for a parent to do.

Yet as I look even at these things I worry about; I hear Jesus saying unto me, unto us; So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” … 33But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness,”

What do you worry about? What causes you great concern? Cast these upon God, entrust them to him. Seek to do today the things you can do to build up God’s kingdom and his righteousness. It is God who holds the world; past, present and future. It is God who provides for us, our children and all people. Trust in God, love God and seek to follow God’s ways.

Psalm 68 – Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds—
his name is the Lord—
be exultant before him.

19 Blessed be the Lord,
who daily bears us up;
God is our salvation.Selah
20 Our God is a God of salvation,
and to God, the Lord, belongs escape from death.

O God, the great provider for all our needs, help me truly trust in you, cast all my burdens upon you, so I can freely serve you. Thank you for this day which you did not promise me, yet are giving to me. May I seek to honor you this day through all I think, say and do. Amen.

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