Reading: Matthew 6:25-34
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (v.27)
What difference does it make to my situation if I worry? Most likely it will block my creativity, stress me and cause me health problems!
In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus talks about our material worries—food and clothing—things that He considers are not even more important than the body, or life itself. But the “pagans run after all these things”.
The “bargain man” at my local supermarket started unloading fruits from his trolley into the “reduced” crates—grapes, strawberries, peaches, avocados—all due their display dates but I could clearly see still had a week or more of shelf life to go. And I was the only one there! Lord, is this really happening? In fact, it wasn’t the first time it happened. There were many more. Money dropped on the street (even tinned fish!), compensation for substandard quality goods, heavily-discounted clothes in time for an occasion… the list goes on. There is a GOD looking after me!
Having lived the best years of my life passionately working for a cause that didn’t pay and allowed no savings, the Lord had been and is my constant Provider. And He does it not only for me, but for the people closest to me as well. It is a comfort to have the assurance that our provisions are coming from a heavenly treasury, and not from stocks and finances stored in a flawed financial system and managed by imperfect people.
Lord, help me to always seek first your kingdom and your righteousness!
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:20-21 (NIV)