Matthew 6:31-33

Our devotions this Easter season come from members of Faith Lutheran Church. Today’s writer is Charles Wilson.

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ’What will we eat?’ or ’What will we drink?’ or ’What will we wear?’ For it is Gentiles who strive for all these things’ and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:31-33

Peace to you through the one who died, that we may truly live.

It seems that in life, there are truly a multitude of worries. We are constantly bombarded and burdened with everything from what we’re going to cook for dinner or what we are wearing to a certain occasion to how to make the most of our finances and how to keep ourselves as healthy as possible.

It doesn’t matter what we do, where we go, or how much money we have, we seem to have the guarantee that we will always have something to worry about. Those worries can consume us to the point that we are just existing, rather than living in the freedom that we have through Jesus Christ. We can become battered, broken, and buried in hopelessness and despair.

Jesus has a simple message for us. As children of the Creator and Sustainer of all, we don’t have to worry. God knows just what we need, so why make ourselves crazy trying to fix our situations by ourselves?

In the book of Philippians, the Apostle Paul reminds us that God will satisfy all our needs according to his riches in glory through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:13) God cares and God knows. If we, who claim to trust and believe in God, would turn our attention away from worrying about our daily needs, and instead focus on working to bring God’s kingdom to reality, we have a blessed assurance that every need will be met.

As Christians, we are called to put our trust in God, as we turn our attention from ourselves to the multitudes in need of God’s peace, love, and salvation.

Let us pray: Creator of all, help us to trust in you; turn our focus from what we need and desire to the work you assign to us every day. Help us to ignore worries, doubts, and fears, knowing that you have the power to provide for our needs. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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2 Responses to “Matthew 6:31-33”

  1. kirk childress Says:

    A Men

  2. Carolee Groux Says:

    When I am plagued by a multitude of worries it helps to remember what God Himself declares to us in Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you.”

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