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Do Not Be Anxious Then

September 9, 2019

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Do Not Be Anxious Then

In so many ways,  we are just like little children  wanting this and that  —  but not understanding  that our parents see things very differently.     We tend  to become anxious  when we don’t have what we think we should have — when we want it.     That’s why God’s word often refers to us grownups  as “children”.

Jesus told us  we need to change  —  we need to grow up.     In Matthew 6:31-34,  Jesus taught,

Do not be anxious then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’  or  ‘What shall we drink?’  or  ‘With what shall we clothe ourselves?’       For all these things  the Gentiles eagerly seek;  for your heavenly Father knows  that you need  all these things.       But seek first  His kingdom  and His righteousness;  and all these things  shall be added  to you.

Therefore  do not be anxious  for tomorrow;  for tomorrow  will care for itself.       Each day has enough trouble  of its own.

Obviously, Jesus here only mentions concerns  for food,  drink,  and clothing.       But,  we well know  that our concerns and desires  reach beyond these bare basics.       There are all sorts of personal things  that we really would like to have.     And…  we can’t understand  why we shouldn’t have them  when we want them.     With our lack of godly understanding,  we become anxious  over things  God doesn’t want us  to be anxious over.

God knows our real needs  —  even though our worldly desires  might not agree  with God’s almighty wisdom.     We need to note  that Jesus said,  “For all these things  the Gentiles eagerly seek”.      Jesus is pointing out the difference  between unbelievers  and believers.     As people who realize God’s love, care and salvation,  we need to constantly remind ourselves  that the almighty LORD will give us what He knows  is best for us  —  when it is best for us.

In our every trouble and challenge  God is leading us  to learn the depths  of a real faith,  hope,  and love.     That is so much more valuable  than getting our every worldly desire  that might end up taking us away  from a true faith  in God.

So,  we do really need  to follow Jesus’ advice  when He said,  But seek first  His kingdom  and His righteousness”.     We’ll be ever so glad  we did.

Trusting  God’s eternal love for us  in Christ Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for your faithful guidance  through this life.”

Love,
Margaret

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