Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.
Read Matthew 6: 25 - 34
This teaching of Jesus takes place during what is known as, “The Sermon on the Mount.” In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus shares some of his most famous teachings. In the text that was just read Jesus encourages us not to worry. Whether we are facing a pandemic or not worry is often a part of life for most people. We may worry about our job, our children, our aging parents, our health, or any number of issues. These verses let us know that our worries are not a surprise to God. It also assures us that God will take care of us and provide for us. The way God will care for us and provide for us may not always be as we would design it but God knows our needs. Instead of focusing on our worries Jesus asks us to first seek him and turn to him with all our worries and cares.
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
What do you worry about? Why do you worry? Do you truly believe that God cares about your worries?
If you were to design a plan; how would your plan solve your worries? Could God be using your worries to help you? How has God used your fears in the past?
Read verse 33 again. What does this verse mean to you? How would you rewrite it for yourself?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.
Gracious Heavenly Father, I confess that I do worry. I worry about: (name your worries) and my worries sometimes can consumer me. Lord, help me to take my worries and give them over to you. Help me to trust that you will provide for me and help me to worry less. God I want to seek after you first but I often get distracted. Show me how to focus first on you and your kingdom. Amen.