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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, December 13, 2019
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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:
[Worriers are consumed by fear, find it difficult to trust Him.]
Planning for tomorrow is time well spent; worrying about tomorrow is time wasted. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference. Careful planning is thinking ahead about goals, steps, and schedules, and trusting in God’s guidance. When done well, planning can help alleviate worry. Worriers, by contrast, are consumed by fear and find it difficult to trust God. They let their plans interfere with their relationship with God. Don’t let worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today. (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 plant 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.”
Quoted verse: Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
“Story” – Rick Stockwell (Connecticut, USA) titled his story “A WAY THROUGH;” here is Rick’s story:
“Ryan Hall, the American record holder in the half-marathon, stated that we shouldn’t think about the next hill ahead of us but instead focus on the next step ahead of us. This sentiment dovetails nicely with our scripture reading for today. We may worry about monthly bills, a wayward child, a bully, retirement, our health, or what we will eat, drink, or wear. Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us, ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.’
“Each of us can prepare for the future. However, worrying about the future can cause us to lose focus on the important tasks that we have before us today. Whatever problems we may face, we can take those problems to God in prayer. The Bible gives us many examples of when God has answered prayers – Hannah’s prayer for a child (1 Sam. 1:1-20), Hezekiah’s prayer to spare his life (2 Kings 20:1-6), Jonah’s prayer for a second chance (Jon. 2:1-10), and a leper’s prayer to be made clean (Matt. 8:1-3). God is capable of doing the same for us. Even when things seem desperate, with no way out – God has an answer waiting for us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can take any problem I have to God in prayer.
Prayer: Dear God, help us get through today and help us not to worry about tomorrow. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THANKFULNESS FOR GOD’S PROVISION
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