This week’s devotion comes to us from Kelsi Walker, one of our worship leaders here at the Vineyard.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 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. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:25-34 NIV
As I write this, I am sitting outside. It just stopped raining, and the sun is setting as it casts a glow on Spring’s fresh creation. The birds are outside, singing their songs. I cannot help but think that the world speaks to us through the seasons and change. It speaks that God is in control and provides what we need with each day. The same rain that sometimes seems burdensome is what brings life to the grounds around us. The trees grow from the ground as we breathe in the fresh spring air.
It is sometimes hard to trust that we are taken care of, that God is in control. It is much easier to believe that we have to do things to earn what we have, and that if we try hard enough we can fix all of our own problems. We have been taught to focus on what we don’t have, whether it is materialistic or wishing for things to go our own way. It is our default. But this is not the way of the Gospel, the Good News. The way of the Gospel is to trust our Father and to seek Him first. To trust that, as we seek first the Kingdom of God, that He himself will provide what is needed. Even when God’s provision doesn’t look like what we think we want. We are anxious and troubled about many things, but there is one thing that is necessary…
To sit at the feet of Jesus and to seek first His kingdom.
What are you worried about today?
What are some things that get in the way of seeking God’s kingdom?
How can you give those things to your Abba Father today?
In what way can you seek the Kingdom today and throughout the rest of the week?
Oh loving Father, we trust you. We trust that as we put you and your kingdom first in our lives that all of our needs will be met. We trust that our lives are in your hands and that our worries will fade away in the light of your glory. Help us today. Be near to us, as we seek your will for our lives. We know that you are good to your children. We know that, if we seek you, we will find you. Thank you for your constant love. Let us live in that love and freedom today. Amen.