Wonder over worry

Let us use our brain power to wonder about God
rather than worry about the details of our lives.

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Here is the bottom line: do not worry about your life. Don’t worry about what you will eat or what you will drink. Don’t worry about how you clothe your body. Living is about more than merely eating, and the body is about more than dressing up… So do not consume yourselves with questions: What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?  Outsiders make themselves frantic over such questions; they don’t realize that your heavenly Father knows exactly what you need.
// Matthew 6:25-27, 31-32 VOICE

I would not blame you if your mind is set to worry-mode as we continue through 2020. We reach for the unknown and try to create “what if” scenarios to pacify what is out of control. We are concerned for our family members, and the world around us as so much is still encircled with uncertainty.

I often find myself using my brain power worrying about what may never happen. Because my job requires problem solving and forward thinking to ward off any potential mishaps, I bring that mindset home.

As I read through Matthew 6 once again, I am struck by the sentence, “Outsiders make themselves frantic over such questions; they don’t realize that your heavenly Father knows exactly what you need.”

I am not one of the “outsiders” in this circumstance – I have a relationship with God, which acknowledges God as Father and the One who truly does know my needs. Yet when I worry, I do not act like I know God at all.

So, as I stand on this reminder today, I read on in Matthew to find the steps forward…

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things will be given to you too.
// Matthew 6:33 VOICE

Instead of worrying about every little thing, why not stand in wonder of God?

  • Why not be in awe at the profound graciousness of God to provide for our needs?
  • Why not revel in the good and beautiful all around us?
  • Why not thank Him for His Word?
  • Why not praise God right where we are in this moment?
  • Why not marvel at His faithfulness throughout our lifetime, and throughout history?
  • Why not be still and allow Him to speak words of life into us?

Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions…
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now,
and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.
God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
// Matthew 6:33-34 MSG

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