Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Matthew 6:32-34a NIV 2011

“For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 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.”

Jesus sat down to speak with the crowd gathered on a mountainside. He addressed their worry about “stuff.” Jesus persisted, reminding them once again to remain faithful to God. Matthew 6:8, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” God is aware of every situation of life. Being part of the kingdom meant getting to the “heart” of the matter, pursuing a heart change. Matthew 3:2, “and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’” Jesus came to save sinners. Persistently pursuing the Lord transforms fear into faith.

I remember my three oldest grandchildren learning to ride their bike. They were first unsuccessful, but with persistence, all three ultimately mastered the skill. Can’t wait to see the last one follow them in a few years. The first time I read the Bible it was just a bunch of words I knew were from God. But sixty years of persistence, I can’t leave home without it because it contains everything I need to remain at peace. Pursuing the Lord daily transformed me from fearful to faithful.

Why would God show us how to live?

Living by faith together,

S

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