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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, June 24, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
Because of the ill effects of worry, Jesus tells us not to worry about those needs that God promises to supply. Worry may (1) damage your health, (2) disrupt your productivity, (3) negatively affect the way you treat others, and (4) reduce your ability to trust in God. How many ill effects of worry are you experiencing? Here is the difference between worry and genuine concern—worry immobilizes, but concern moves you to action. (NLT)
Matthew 6:25-34 – [Jesus said] “So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t need to plan or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not.
“And why worry about your clothes? 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!
“So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
[God] who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. –2 Corinthians 9:10 (NRSV)
Benjamin R. K. Lall (Assam, India) titled his story “SUPPLYING OUR NEEDS;” here is a portion of Benjamin’s story:
“The young pastors in my denomination faced a financial crisis during the prime of our ministries in the 1990s. For a few months, we did not receive our monthly payments. . . .
“Since most of us and our spouses were dependent upon the meager church income, we had great difficulty providing for our families’ daily needs. . . .
“It was a big challenge for us to look after the parish work and to maintain our families at the same time. But Jesus promised rest saying, ‘Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls’ (Matt. 11:29). And we can trust Christ to fulfill this promise.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When I seek to do God’s will, I can find purpose and rest.
Prayer: Loving Savior and Sustainer, thank you for responding to our needs through our communities and for granting us rest. Amen
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/