Thursday, January 5, 2012

Do Not Worry

Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day isits own trouble.

Came across this Scripture passage in my devotions today, and it couldn't have come at a better time, my God is so awesome. For the first time in our 18 years of marriage, my wife and I are experiencing some financial difficulties. My wife is so good at managing our finances and does a great job of keeping it all in check. But there comes a time when the bills start piling up and there just isn't enough money coming in to pay everything that is due, on time. So with much prayer and communication, we have learned to place our worries in God's hands. We have tightened our budget, and still have some work to do, but I am confident that we will get through this period of difficulty in our lives, without letting it stress us out.

Paul wrote,
I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. (Phil.4:12)

So we are learning how to be content with what we have and are, with the Holy Spirit's guidance, developing the discipline of stewardship. And the end result will be that God is glorified in our lives...especially in the one area that tends to cause the most stress within a