DAY 12: ANXIETY- The Chosen 4O Days - (Matthew 6:31-34, & - Joshua 1:9) …
Good evening. Great is His faithfulness.
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
THE GENTILES served pagan gods and idols, and they always remained dependent on things. Those of us who chose to follow God are freed from this dependence on this fallen world.
THE KINGDOM OF GOD was the main focal point of Christ and His teachings, and His righteousness is subject for the Sermon on the Mount. Here Christ is teaching us to free from earthly anxieties, even though sometimes it's hard to do we are to trust in Him. We are to look to heaven and our Heavenly Father will provide all things we need.
VV. 25-27: "25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one [j]cubit to his [k]stature?
In vv. 25-27- Jesus is warning against anxiety, He is not attacking thoughtful planning ... Jesus tells us that our physical wellbeing is directly dependent on God, and indirectly on food, drink, and clothing, and Jesus is also telling us that anxiety over earthly things is demonstrating a lack of faith in God's care.
Prayer focus from the devotional
Pour your heart out to God about the things you fear. He wants you to be honest with Him. But then thank Him for His promise to take care of you and replace some of your anxious thoughts with Scripture.
Moving forward questions from the devotional
What makes you anxious and why? This was personal so please see my video for my discussion and answer to this question.
READ JOSHUA 1:9. How does God promise to provide for your needs, along with His promise to be "with you wherever you go", affect your anxious heart. God protected Joshua before going into battle when He commanded Joshua to conquer Canaan. If God can protect Joshua than I have nothing to fear, but fear itself, but why fear when Jesus is the Redeemer.
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lordyour God is with you wherever you go.”
What are practical ways you can take your anxious and fearful thoughts captive, making them obedient to the truth of God's promises? I stay the course doing HIS WILL, AND ONLY HIS WILL ...
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord [a]lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” ’
In Christ love Jared W Campbell