Most of us would not call ourselves worriers, however we'll admit that we get stressed about money and about problems at work and about our families. We all catch ourselves from time to time wondering how things are going to work out. Sometimes, if we are honest, we'll even complain and murmur about the issues we face.
Considering our blessings and gratitude journals are trending topics on social media for a reason. They do not come "naturally," they are a discipline and a worthwhile discipline at that.
In Matt. 6:25-34 Jesus addresses the issue of worry. In this passage of scripture He explains the futility of a believer wasting their time on worry. He reminds us that we have more clout in the kingdom than the birds of the air and the flowers in the field and yet they seem to have the wisdom to exercise their faith to believe that God will provide for their every need.
In verse 33 Jesus says, "So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly."
That is the key. When we worry, our focus is clearly on the wrong thing.
Let's focus our attention on the deepest innermost desires of our hearts and trust God to lead us well along the journey. Let's be willing to seek first the fulfillment of our kingdom assignments as we draw closer to Him and He will provide abundantly for all of our needs.
The reality is that we are precious to God and our prosperity pleases Him. He wants to bless us. We need to know it, believe it and trust Him.
It is our choice to develop this discipline and many never do. The sad part is that if we do not develop our faith (by exercising it) we cannot please God. Also, it is our murmuring and complaining and our own unbelief that blocks our blessing from getting to us.
If you have been a worrier, a complainer or a person who sees the problems before the promise, take a minute to repent before the Lord and ask Him to forgive you and cleanse you. Jesus has already made provision for our redemption in this and every matter.
We can change our circumstances simply by changing our focus.
That's all for this week my friends. It was short and sweet but I believe that if we digest this scripture and truly recognize our place in His kingdom, we can truly set our worry aside and simply receive what He has in store for us.
Have a blessed week and remember that you are loved and deeply cherished by Jesus and by me.