Spiritual Disciplines: Week 5 Simplicity/Rest – Day 3

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Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Be Anxious

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious 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: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

(ESV)


REFLECT

Jesus tells his followers in vs 25 to not be anxious about life.  Not the food you will eat nor the clothes you will wear.  This world tells us to not to only worry about all that we need and have, but to strive for more because you only live once.  Which command is easier for you to follow?

If God knows already what you need, why doesn’t He give you everything you want?  Why does Jesus tell us to seek first the kingdom of God?  What “things” will be added to you?


RESPOND

Think about your friends and family.  Are they anxious about what tomorrow will bring?  Are they fearful of the future because they don’t have all they think they need?  Consider sharing this passage with them to encourage them to trust God.  Be aware, God may actually be preparing to use you in His plan.  If so, obey and bless them however He leads.


21 DAY CHALLENGE – PRAYER

Day 10 – Making Moments

Man’s Quest for God
“To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings, the divine margin in all attainments.” Prayer is “our” humble “answer” to the inconceivable surprise of living. It is all we can offer in return for the mystery by which we live. Who is worthy to be present at the constant unfolding of time? Amidst the meditation of mountains, the humility of flowers- wiser than all alphabets- clouds that die constantly for the sake of His glory, “we” are hating, hunting, hurting. Suddenly we feel ashamed for our clashes and complaints in the face of the tacit glory in nature. It is so embarrassing to live! How strange we are in the world, and how presumptuous our doings! Only one response can maintain us: gratefulness for witnessing the wonder, for the gift of out unearned right to serve, to adore, and to fulfill. It is gratefulness which makes the soul great.
-From Man’s Quest for God by Abraham Joshua Heschel


ENHANCEMENT

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