02-26-2011, 09:15 AM
Thought for the week
31"Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?'
32"For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34"So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own
A Divine Guarantee
Today's passage contains one of the most amazing promises in all of Scripture. If we truly believed it and lived accordingly, our lives would be transformed, and worry would lose its grip on us. Yet if we keep seeking our security in the things the world values—bank accounts, stable jobs, and a strong national and global economy—we will be filled with anxiety at every fluctuation.
Instead, why not take God up on His guarantee in Matthew 6:33? Make Him your number one priority, seeking both His kingdom (His rule over you) and His righteousness (His transformation of you). What that means is obeying His instructions and submitting to whatever He uses to transform your character, whether it be hardship, suffering, or ease. What I'm talking about is not a sinless life but, rather, the desire to live in God's will and become increasingly like Christ.
When we make a commitment toward that goal, the Lord promises to take full responsibility for providing whatever we need. Now, this doesn't mean that He will give us everything we ask for, but aren't you grateful that He doesn't? Just think back to some of the foolish things you've requested in the past. He alone knows what our true needs are.
The spiritual benefits of living in God's will are amazing, but our loving Father doesn't stop there—He commits to provide for our physical needs as well. So even though each day has its own trouble (v. 34), you can rest in the faithfulness of the Father and trust Him to keep His Word
To receive this Divine guarntee,,connect(early seek Him each day)--control (yield to His will) and model His character.
A: Connect-----seek (zeteo) to seek with a desire to worship; to seek after; actively pursue;
continuous—that which we do every day also used in Matthew 7:7-8
first -----importance,,the word here indicates one’s first concern
Psalms 40:-16–David uses the word seek-----as to worship
Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
Let those who love Your salvation say continually,
"The LORD be magnified!"
B:Control:----His kingdom,,,,the word for kingdom here means,,authority,,reign
Yield to His authority,,
Surrender to His will;;
Desire His Best
C: Character: His Righteousness—As Christians we are to model our life after His