In this week's passage of Scripture, Jesus encourages His disciples not
to worry or focus on all the things they need, but to seek first His
Father's Kingdom. Just prior to making this statement, Jesus says that
they are not to take even one thought for their life. Not one thought.
you ever considered what life would be like if you didn't have to
worry about the mortgage, about your future, about your daily needs? I
have often pondered the words of Jesus and wondered how this could
practically work in my life. If it were possible (and I believe that it
is), then if I wasn't preoccupied with all of the daily demands in
life, what would I think about?
I believe we find our answer in
verse 32 and 33. When we are convinced that our Heavenly Father knows
what we need and has promised to provide, it frees us up to focus not
ourselves, but on the things that are important to God's heart. After
all, could you imagine how much free time and emotional energy that you
would have available if you didn't have to battle fear, anxiety, worry,
condemnation, etc. etc. on a daily basis?
For those of you who
have young children... How would you feel to walk into your house and
see your little ones sitting in a corner worrying about whether there
would be enough food in the house? A loving parent's natural response
would be to dispel every one of their fears so that they could simply
enjoy life moment by moment. I believe God feels the same way towards
us. He doesn't want us to live a distracted life where we are living in
fear of the future, or in regrets of the past, He wants us to live in
the moment... with Him.
He is the great I Am ...not the I Was or
the I Will Be, and He wants to walk with you and I just like He walked
with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden in the cool of the day. But for
us to be truly present with God in every moment, we must be able to
commit all of our cares and concerns over to Him. As 1 Peter 5:7 says...
Cast all your cast on Him for He cares for you!
I believe that
our Heavenly Dad loves it when we entrust all our needs into His loving
care! I believe that it demonstrates to Him that we really believe
every promise He makes is true when we choose to cast (throw upon Him)
every one of our cares and concerns onto His big strong shoulders. The
more we are able to do this, the more we will be able to truly seek
first His kingdom and His righteousness.
When we struggle with
an orphan mindset, we are not convinced that our Father will truly take
care of us as He promised. And if He doesn't take care of us, who
will? With that kind of belief system, we have no choice but to make
the meeting of our own needs our first and primary priority... just
like Jesus said the pagans do.
My prayer today is that the Holy
Spirit that lives in the hearts of every believer, would convince us
more today than yesterday that we can truly cast every care of ours
upon the Lord because He has promised to care for us. My prayer is that
we would have the grace to take each one of the boulders of worry and
fear that we have been carrying around in our backpack and drop them to
the ground, one by one.
I pray that we will become more and
more convinced that God is for us and He is a good Father who always
provides for His kids. My hope is that as we become more convinced of
this truth, we will find relief from all the burdens that have weighed
us down for years. May each one of us find a new freedom in Christ to
be able to focus on the eternal things that really matter to God.
each one of us have a renewed focus so that we could minister to our
Heavenly Father's heart and make His priorities our priorities!
Psalm 27:4 One
thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may
dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon
the beauty of the Lord and to inquire"in his temple. (ESV)