“(33) Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (34) So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” – Matthew 6:33-34 (NLT)
There are encouraging words that quickly resonate, warm the heart, and ease the mind. And there are wise words that may not settle as easily like my stomach after a hearty bowl of chili. This is how I took these two verses, in respective order, when they came to mind today following my discovery of something my humanness told me was worthy of worrying about.
I know I am not alone. The temptation to worry about big things, small things, all things – is common. And yet, how do we move past it when we are facing challenges that feel overwhelming and seem hopeless? It was just this type of news I came into today.
The answer to how we keep this worry in check is to act on the exhortation in Matthew 6:33. Seek God and live according to His principles. The pay off for this type of living, this recognition of where our hope and help come from, is that He will make good on His promise to take care of our needs.
Today, I need to be understood in my pain as I wrestle through this difficulty.
Today, I need guidance on how to relate to others involved in this situation.
Today, I need to be loved even though I have questions and doubts about why this is happening.
Today, I need to know that even when I cannot be in control or keep bad things from happening, God is in control and He is faithful in and through every experience I encounter.
I wrestled through the initial grief of today’s trial with my husband and he listened, gently coaxing me to focus on truth. Thank you, Lord for providing the understanding I needed.
I sent out a string of texts to my prayer warriors and they responded like popcorn with delicious explosions of pure goodness, truth. Thank you, God for lighting my path.
I hugged my son and helped him prepare for a special audition he has coming up and he practiced his song for me – The Bare Necessities from the film, The Jungle Book. Thank you, Heavenly Father for wrapping your arms around me in the everyday moments, right down to the lyrics of a Disney song.
I listened for God’s voice in the midst of my grief and I heard the verses hidden in my heart brought to remembrance. Thank you, Jesus for the surety Your Word provides.
If you worry [worldwide human phenomenon], know that you are not alone and know WHO you can turn to “above all else.”
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 (NKJV)