Wednesday, March 25

Meditating on Matthew 6:25-34 (Day 2)

We are focusing on a portion of the Sermon on the Mount for a few days. 

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

1.      Slowly read the passage, asking the question: Jesus, as I explore this passage again today, are you revealing something new or are you reinforcing what I received yesterday? What do you want me to know through your words?

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, help me this day to give you all my anxieties. Teach me what it looks like to seek your kingdom, to desire you to live and rule in my heart throughout the day. Amen.