Tuesday, March 24

Meditating on the Word

The Word of God connects you with God himself. It is his means for bringing his gracious love, his free forgiveness and His unfathomable peace into your life. Today, and for the coming few days, I invite you to slow down and consider the same portion of God’s Word, each day. Meditating (thinking deeply and carefully) on the Word of God does not require skill or knowledge. But it is something that improves with practice (repetition). 

Why the same portion of Scripture for a few days? Because there is value in the immersion experience of slowing down to explore the Word in this manner. Each day you will receive a “prompt” or “suggestion” as you meditate on these words of Jesus, from his sermon on the mount.
 
1.      Slowly read the passage, asking the question: “Jesus, what are you saying to me? What do you want me to know?”

2.      Record in a journal or other note taking device (computer, smart phone, etc.) whatever you sense God is revealing to your questions in #1, above.

3.      Please note: a definition for a key phrase in this passage: “Kingdom of God” = Jesus living and ruling in your heart.

  “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?    Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?  Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
  And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.   “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”   Matthew 6:25-34

Prayer suggestion:  Lord Jesus thank you for this Word. Thank you that you are teaching me about (speak to God concerning what he is teaching you). Let your Word fill my heart as I navigate these very different and challenging days. Let your presence bring me peace. Let that peace flow through me to others. Amen.