Devotions for January 19, 2017

MATTHEW 6:25-34

25 “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? 26 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? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 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.


Of all the Biblical kings, Solomon was the most glorious in riches and wisdom–he even saw the construction of God’s temple! After dedicating the temple, he asked, “But will God really dwell on earth?” Much later, He who came to earth tells us not to worry about our daily needs.


Q: What does Christ tell you to seek first above all else?

Q: Re-read Christ’s words aloud. What is He telling you to trust Him with?

Q: Though our culture treats anxiety and worry as a norm, what would a life wholly devoted to Christ communicate to it?



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