Today, as you take some time in your own homes to focus on God here is a text from Matthew 6 that you might find timely and applicable to what we all are facing:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
You cannot serve God and wealth. “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, norreap nor gather into barns,
and yet YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER FEEDS THEM. ARE YOU NOT WORTH MUCH MORE THAN THEY?
And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing?
Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace,
WILL HE NOT MUCH MORE CLOTHE YOU? You of little faith!
Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER KNOWS THAT YOU NEED ALL THESE THINGS.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."Matt. 6:19-34
Please take time to think about the words of Jesus regarding fear and worry. Here are a few observations I would encourage you to consider.
- Our fears and worries are about the things of this world. Think about what may be causing you anxiety. Adjust your priorities toward the thing that matter in the long term.
- God has our back. God cares, He is able to meet our needs, and He knows what we need.
- If we focus on treasure in heaven, seeking God's kingdom and God's righteousness the the fears and worries of this world will fade.
As the hymn "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" reminds us, when we turn our eyes upon Jesus, “the things of this world grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
It is useless to tell someone, including ourselves, to stop worrying. However, if we focus on God, His love, the eternal life we have by God's grace . . . if we thank God for what He has done and has promised us . . . the worries of this world are put into proper perspective.
May God fill your day with peace and contentment rejoicing in Jesus our Savior.
Serving with joy,