Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Seek First His Kingdom

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you."

(Matthew 6: 33)
For as much as we may not want to admit it, the truth is most of us are worriers.  As we grow older, and especially when we become mothers, our tendency to worry becomes stronger. We go to bed with those nagging concerns about what will happen tomorrow-- how we are going to get the bills paid, the laundry folded, the groceries bought, the house cleaned--and still have enough energy to help the kids with their homework, make dinner, and have a smile on our face when our husbands walk in the door.  We love our families and care deeply for their well-being.  Yet, we can easily become distracted with all the expectations placed upon us, instead of focusing on our family's real needs and who truly provides for those needs.  Quickly, we can make the simple things in life complicated, and lose our focus on what's truly important.   

The Gospel of Matthew stresses the truth that by God's grace we are made complete in Christ.  In chapter 6, we are told not to become distracted with the worries of life.  We are reminded that we cannot find the answers to our fears and doubts within ourselves.  Rather, Matthew admonishes us to stay focused on Christ: "Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you."  In His own time and in His own way, our Heavenly Father always provides for our needs of both body and soul.  

Matthew chapter six ends with this poignant reminder: "Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own." As Christian women, God has equipped us with special qualities to care for and nurture those we love. The beautiful thing is that despite our worrisome, sinful ways--He loves us.  And, He uses us to care for and bless our families. So, may we daily heed the advice of the apostle Matthew--give our worries to God, seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and trust in Christ alone to provide us with everything we could ever need.  

 Heavenly Father~
Thank you for providing for our families, and being everything we need.  Forgive us when we don't trust this truth.  Help us to daily seek Your kingdom first. 
In Christ's name~Amen.

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