Friday, May 1, 2009

all these things

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:33

God’s love is truly amazing! You know, He has thought of everything. Not one worry crosses our mind that He hasn’t already covered. He is so good to us, so faithful, and always available to answer our cries. We have direct access to the ear, heart, and resources of God! You would think, God being God and all, it would be wise for us to keep that as a constant, conscious reminder. Where does the disconnect come in, in our lives?
You see, I have a tendency to worry. I worry about big things, I worry about small things, and I even worry about other peoples’ things. When I was younger, about 20, I had a stomach ulcer. Imagine that! What could a 20 year old possibly have to worry about? ( Author with tongue in cheek.) Then, when I became a mom, I took worry to a brand new level. Will I do things right? Will I be able to care for this little person? What if my baby gets sick or hurt or doesn’t sleep well? You get the point. I had become a prime example of the “Worrier Extraordinaire”.
There have also been times in my life where I have walked in great faith. I faced challenges that I knew, without a doubt, were way too big for me to deal with. In those trying times, I was able to fully rest on God to work everything out. As strange as it may seem, the bigger the problem = the greater my faith. In all honesty, I guess that, throughout those dilemmas, I was fully aware of my own inability to do anything and God’s amazing ability to be and to do absolutely everything.
As we read Matthew 6:33, God offers us the best solution to our worries. He tells us to seek Him first and all the things that we worry about will be taken care of. It makes perfect sense, really. When I recall the times that I’ve experienced huge faith in the face of a crisis, my eyes were clearly on God, not on the crisis. When I’m facing my day-to-day life, and the problems that go along with that, I try to figure things out on my own. My eyes are completely on earthly things and how I can make them better. The result? Constant worry.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” My goal is to make God my focus. I want to seek Him first; first thing in the morning, first thing in my crises, and even first thing in my little worries. He tells us that if we do that, all these things will be given to us as well. “All these things” will become just that; all these things. How insignificant our worries will become, in light of who our amazing, loving God is!

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