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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, November 18, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
Jesus commands us not to worry. But how can we avoid it? Only faith can free us from the anxiety caused by greed and covetousness. It is good to work and plan responsibly; it is bad to dwell on all the ways our planning could go wrong. Worry is pointless because it can’t fill any of our needs; worry is foolish because the Creator of the universe loves us and knows what we need. He promises to meet all our real needs but not necessarily all our desires.
Making the Kingdom of God your primary concern means making Jesus the Lord and King of your life. He must control every area—your work, play, plans, relationships. Is the Kingdom only one of your many concerns, or is it central to all you do? Are you holding back any areas of your life from God’s control? As Lord and Creator, he wants to help provide what you need as well as Guide how you use what he provides. (NLT)
Luke 12:22-31 – Then turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or clothes to wear. For life consists of far more than food and clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not! And if worry can’t do little things like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
“Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! And don’t worry about food—what to eat and drink. Don’t worry whether God will provide it for you. These things dominate the thoughts of most people, but your Father already knows your needs. He will give you all you need from day to day if you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.”
Seek [the Father’s] kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. –Luke 12:31 (NIV)
Ray Appel (Wisconsin) titled his story “TWO SEMIS AND A DUMP TRUCK;” here is a portion of Ray’s story:
“It was a beautiful autumn day. My wife and I were traveling through the hills of North Carolina on our motorcycle. I was anxious about our trip. We needed to reach our destination by the end of the day, and we had decided to take the scenic route to stay off the faster, truck-filled interstate.
“As we rounded a turn, we saw two semis on the road ahead of us. . . . I was relieved to find that the trucks moved along swiftly . . .
“Suddenly, their progress slowed. A heavily-loaded dump truck had pulled in ahead of them. My wife and I began to accept that it would be a slow trip. But around the next corner, a long stretch of road without oncoming traffic gave us ample time to pass all three slow-moving vehicles.
“I began to think about how often I become anxious when I want God to grant my prayers to suit my own agenda. The clear, straight road ahead reminded me that when we trust God, we can let go of the anxiety and enjoy the journey.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can rely on the Lord’s direction.
Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for listening to our prayers. Help us to listen for your answer and direction. Amen.
Prayer Focus: MOTORCYCLISTS
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