Not To Worry

 

August 11, 2020

 

Read Matthew 6: 33-34

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all of these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

Reflect

How do you handle worry and stress? How do you set priorities? Is there anything troubling you right now that you need to give to God?

 

I like to plan ahead. Planners and checklists are some of my favorite possessions. I like to make sure that we have all of our bases covered and everything in order. There isn’t anything wrong with planning ahead, in fact, it is wise. In Proverbs 6: 6-8, Solomon warns his son against laziness and lack of forethought, “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” The ant knows winter is coming, so it plans ahead and saves up the necessary provisions.

 

No, the problem is not that I like to plan ahead. The problem is that I often struggle with worry because I am looking too far ahead. I am not really planning at that point. Just stressing out. I am overwhelmed with the responsibilities on my plate for today, and I am worried about potential troubles for tomorrow.

 

Jesus is wisely telling us to set priorities. He is saying, “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness”. What does that mean? It means to pursue kingdom things, spiritual things, rather than earthly matters. Make your relationship with God, your number one priority. Seek to know Him and obey Him. Follow in His footsteps. Make Him the King of your life. If He is your King, your life is under His control. He is in charge, not you. So what do you need to worry about?

 

Jesus is also telling us to trust in His righteousness, not our own performance. I should only be trusting in Jesus’s work on the cross for my salvation. I cannot earn it, and once I have it, I cannot lose it. The most pressing matter-my eternity-has been taken care of. It is finished. My to-do list does not need to include items to ensure my eternal security. I do not have to worry about my life after I die!

 

Friends, Jesus says, do not worry. If you seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, it’s one day at a time from there. He has it under control.

 

Pray

Jesus, I know that I worry about many things. Increase my faith and give me peace. Help me to concern myself with kingdom things and take everything one day at a time. Amen.


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I struggle in the worry arena too. But God is able to handle us casting our cares on Him. When we carry them we get bogged down bit He doesn't!
That is my problem I worry everyday IAM trying to give my worries to the Lord to handle but it's my nature to worry . especially now that I can't work I don't make enough on disability to survive and IAM scared even though I try and leave all my worries in God's hands I pray for his help constantly I love my God and Jesus but it's something that I keep praying is to give my worries to God I don't think it's fair that God has to take our problems all the time even though that's what he wants but I feel bad that he has to help us all over our misgivings .so IAM trying to leave our Lord's hands and I especially feel bad that Jesus had to give his life up for everyone sins that's not fair in my eyes especially the people that don't care that thier hurting our prescious father .I need in understanding this .
I needed this so much today. I am worrying. We are moving next month and I am running out of time. We are missionaries to Egypt. We can not stay in Egypt full time. We are there one month at a time, then we travel in Europe to churches and in the US. When we are home we have been renting for the last three years. Our son built us a little home in an 1800’s barn. It is almost finished.we really need to down size. I have had a garage sale and given what did not sell to the Fish . But I need to give so much more away or throw it away. Please pray for us, we are not as young as we used to be. Everything takes longer to do. Thank you!
God Loves You! He loves you so much right now this minute. Try not focusing on your trials and tribulations focus on God. Proverbs 3:5-6 is a favorite for me when I feel like you and I have. God wants what is best for you in ways you may not understand at the moment. Pray for patience and before you start to dwell on your problems Pray!!! Pray!!! There is power in Prayer. Pray the hardest when you dont feel like praying. Give this to God. He will hear you! Remember, God Loves You.
I've had so many trials and tribulations, I think I was rejected by God, not accepted by Him. How do I overcome this?
I also have a son with this. My son physically hurt us, went to jail. He got out. Two years later he's on the right meds, is sober and is keeping up with his mental health appt. I feel its a miracle. He's back to living at home and I have no fear. I pray you get to experience this. 🙏. I joined a support group for those with family members who have this disease. Its helped a LOT! Virtual Hug and Prayers being lifted up to you🙏
Praying for your situation, Jasonya!
Christine, we are praying for you and your son!
The key to our victory is our faith, everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. I have been saved through faith, God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. I am learning to lean more and more on the Lord, ask questions and wait.
I know that i must balance my life, it means my spiritual life must guide my physical life, but sometimes i fail because the pression of my life is stronger than my faith in Christ.
Jesus you are Lord, you are my everything. Hallelujah Amen 🙌🏽
When the villagers meet Jesus, they begged him to leave their region.
In Jesus name amen 🙏🙏🙏
In Jesus 🙌 Name we pray 🙏 Amen
In Jesus 🙌 Name we pray 🙏 Amen..
Amen! Jesus is Lord! You got to have a friend in Jesus, he is everything!
Dear Lord, you have always been there for me and my family and I thank you and still continue to trust you in all things ....Amen!!!
Amen
Dear Lord, in times like these with the pandemic and people dying daily by the thousands it’s hard not to worry. God I seek our presence . Walk me and my family every step of the way. Thank you God as your word says never will I leave nor forsake thee. I claim the victory over worry... In Jesus name amen Gloria
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Dear Lord, Help me to grow in my faith by seeking first your kingdom and righteousness. Help to plan each day according to your will and guidance.
Amen.... Thank you Lord for your word.
Not to worry ! That’s a hard one ! Especially for me! Worry for me is part of my make up ! Father help me to worry less and joy more glorifying you ! In Jesus name I pray Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
Blessed are those that strive for the Kingdom ... Thank you Jesus
This hit me hard this morning. It seems like God always send me a message in my devotions. I have so much fear about my future and this is such a great reminder my focus should be on my future with him.
I SO ENJOYED This DEVOTION
I definitely needed to hear this. We have been struggling with our current financial and employment situation. Thank you. Amen
Investing in His Kingdom is always a wise move because Jesus enables us to see the needs in the world that, quite frankly, our eyes are blind to. sometimes. Jesus, please help me to see the needs in this world as you see them and pray that I can make a difference in this world for you.
I needed to hear this message because all I do is worry day to day.🙏
I so needed to read this. From dealing with trying to find employment, to making sure my daughter is able to go to college this semester. The trials & tribulations can be overwhelming at times Lord. Thank You for the reminder that You are always in control. Amen.🙏🏼💜
Amen
Thanks. I am a worrier. The upcoming election scares me as I see evil ready to strike!
Blessed Assurance! Thank You Jesus!! ALL my plans are secured by and in You. My today and future are safe in Your hands. Please help and empower me to walk in faith not losing sight of You in my daily struggles, which are temporary when compared to eternity with You!
Thanks for this devotional today. It is what I needed.
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Right now Lord I am worrying and not trusting you. My son has his mental health issues which make me feel frustrated and worried all the day long. I can't even work correctly with the chaos. I woke up late and cannot spend all the time I need with you. Please God help me to surrender these things into your hands and bring me peace and joy to get through this day. I have no control over what will happen today. Please forgive me for my feelings of anger and resentment. Help me to show the kind of love and behavior that would cause my son to want to come to you. Heal his mind in Jesus Name. I know it is not honoring you or being faithful to you to worry but I need your help Lord. In Jesus Name I Pray 🙏 Amen
Thank you, I am currently dealing with the financials in my divorce case and my X won't leave me alone about settling> My attorney is not responding to me and I have gotten TIRED and worried...Please pray for a speedy victory!
Very valuable words for my life.
Amen, Thank you Jesus
Praise God! Jesus has everything under control. My future and salvation is secured in Him.
Thank you Jesus
Every time I read God's word, I get encouragement that helps to navigate my day! We don't need to worry because God has all areas of our life covered! God is so good!
Dear Lord, Thank you that I don't worry about tomorrow.
Amen
Help me to trust you in all my situations
I will trust God in all my situations, Amen
Thank you
Don’t worry but walk in the humility of all the Jesus has done for us. Proclaim his name throughout the world.
Thank you for the message. Not to worry. Trust God. Let him be my first priority in my life.
Thank ubjesus amen I have a lot on my plate right now
Came at the right time. I needed to hear all of this today. What a boost! Thank you.