Devotions for February 10, 2017

MATTHEW 6:28-34

28 “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, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 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?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] 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.

DON’T WORRY ABOUT GENEROSITY

Jesus seems to be strongly implying here that worry and anxiety often get in the way of our generosity. We worry about whether or not we will have enough, or be provided for, when usually we have more than we will ever need. It seems that it is more about the position of our hearts than the possession of our things.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What does Jesus say we’ll be given if we seek His kingdom first?

Q: Part of greediness is a lack of trust in God and His provision, consider verse 28. Do you allow fear to keep you from generosity?

Q: Generosity combats greediness. The thoughts of unbelievers are dominated by their daily cares. In what ways can your daily life be focused more on generosity rather than the simple daily cares?

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