February 23, 2021
Read: Matthew 6:33
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all 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.”
How often do we get stuck in a cycle of worry? I tend to worry about the craziest things! Though when I pause to look at my pattern with worry, I find that 99% of the time, the things I worried so much about never even happened. Praise God for that, of course. Yet, I also can’t help but think of what an absolute waste of time it was to worry so much over something that never happened. In my worry, there is a lack of faith. God calls us to “seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness.” In essence, this should be our goal…all day….every day. When we keep our “eyes on the prize”, it helps us to avoid going down the rabbit hole of worry. In every relationship, whether family, friendship, marriage, work or community, we should continue to keep our eyes focused on seeking His kingdom and His righteousness. This is the only way we can truly begin to release the worries we carry about tomorrow. Oftentimes, our worries impact our relationships more than anything else. Worry can destroy the foundations of our relationships. Let’s be reminded today of the blessings that God longs to give us. He has given us His kingdom, and His righteousness as gifts. He longs to give us His peace and His presence as our ever present Helper. Our relationship with God and His Spirit allows us to cast our worries upon Him. This frees us to be fully present in all of our relationships! Let’s have this goal in mind today: to seek His kingdom and His righteousness first, that is: before anything else. Let’s allow this goal to begin the work of transforming us so that we can be a blessing in our relationships.
Thank You for Your love and guidance. Without You, I am lost and can become a slave to worry and fear. Forgive me for the times when I focus on my worries and fears. I acknowledge today that this can have a strong impact on my relationships. I long to seek You first. May this be my goal today and everyday. Help me to turn from my habits and patterns of thinking that lead me away from my goal and purpose of seeking You first. Thank you for caring so much about me and my relationships with my friends, family, spouse, children, co-workers, enemies, and neighbors. This day, I turn to You as my goal and my guide. In Jesus name, Amen!