MATTHEW 6:34_Take therefore no thought for the morrow…
If you already invited Jesus into your life previous to these devotions, please print and fill in yesterday’s salvation post just the same. If you can’t remember the date of your decision, just write in the year according to your age at the time.
Eternal salvation is the most important thought for your future. Anything which involves personal responsibility is also for future thoughts. Worrying about what will happen to you in the future should not crowd your thought life.
As a matter of fact, once you have joined the Kingdom, you have a special ability to come to God’s throne in prayer. Hebrews 4:16 (KJV), “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Do you see that? You can come boldly to God in prayer. You can feel confident to ask for your needs to be met. You can feel confident of His mercy and grace – for you! If God doesn’t deliver you in the time and way you desire, accept His will, wait, and keep praying.
Isn’t the God who brought you into a place of perfection (living in heaven for eternity), capable of meeting your earthly needs?
Jesus Lord, I am amazed that I can speak to You with boldness! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is the Throne of Grace—He will give me mercy!
MATTHEW 6:33_But seek ye…
The word seek involves action, effort on your part. If you sit around and wait for something to happen – it won’t. If you pour water into a pot and place it over heat, sit around and wait, something will happen – it will begin to boil. Even that required some effort on your part. If you needed to boil water, you had to find water, a pot, and some type of heat.
When you give time to seek something – you want it! Depending upon how much time and effort you put into the seeking – you really want it! Jesus is an action personality. If He tells you to seek, be certain it will require some kind of effort on your part. There is nothing sit around on your hands about Jesus!
At twelve years of age, while accompanying His family to the Passover celebration in Jerusalem, Jesus vanished. The city was packed with people. The frantic parents searched for three days. Where did they find him? Luke 2:46 (KJV), “And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors [teachers], both hearing them, and asking them questions.”
Jesus was in the temple not just seeking truth, but giving it!
Lord Jesus, Help me put action to my seeking by prayer and Bible study. Help me to seek what is true. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is a seeker of truth—He wants me to be!
MATTHEW 6:32_for your heavenly Father knoweth ye have need of these things.
If you have a pet, you are responsible for its care. You feed it. You water it. You wash and groom it. When necessary, you clean up after it. You train it in right and wrong. In the training process you have a way of discipline, and a way of rewarding – to complement the discipline.
What is the connecting thread for caring for your pet? Needs. Your pet comes with needs. It depends upon you to meet those needs. It is a pretty sorry owner who neglects the needs of a pet! The owner knows all these needs simply by virtue of being an owner.
Jesus taught us the depth of this concept when He referred to Himself as a shepherd and His followers as sheep. John 10:27-28 (KJV), “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” The sheep become acquainted with the voice of the shepherd because of his constant care for them. The Good Shepherd knows our spiritual need, “28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
Our Heavenly Father knows all our needs simply by virtue of being God.
Good Shepherd, Help me be aware of Your care for me, and know Your voice. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants me to know His voice—I will listen!
MATTHEW 6:30_shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
The basic purpose of Bible study is to get to know God, to learn how He thinks, to learn His heart. The last part of verse 30 teaches something about God. Another part of the I AM. The words much more describe God’s heart perfectly.
A heart which not only sends grass what it needs to survive, but dresses it up as well. Wouldn’t that heart care much more for a human – created in His own image? This is a heart you feel safe to trust. A heart that makes you feel more than just loved, but special.
You can gain understanding of God’s love and provision for His creation right from the get-go – in the very beginning. Genesis 1:28 (KJV), “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
God loved all of His creation and considered it good, but He set people above anything else. Just like with the animals, God had already created what people would need to live and enjoy the earth.
Life brings confusing days of doubts. Doubts come from the devil. Don’t listen, don’t be of little faith.
Omnipresent God, Thank You that if You care for nature, You care more for me. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ gave people dominion on earth—He cares for me!
MATTHEW 6:30_which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven…
The grass Jesus refers to is a pasture. The grass in the pasture has a purpose – more than one. It gives life by feeding the livestock that graze – for as long as its growing season.
If you have a pasture and are growing grasses such as alfalfa, clover, ryegrass, fescue, or wheatgrass, then you have something beyond the growing season – hay. When the grass is tall enough, pull it to find the seed head. You know it’s ready to cut. You don’t want the seed to reach the top. When the grass is cut and baled, it is ready to put up for winter feeding. Hay provides nourishment for livestock during the months the grass is not growing.
If you grow wheat in your pasture, the left over stalks can be cut for straw. Straw furnishes good bedding material for livestock in barns. Straw can also be bundled and used to start fires.
Have you noticed a common theme in the purposes of the grass? Grass gives up itself to nurture life for something else. When Jesus says, “which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven,” the grass doesn’t sound too useful. But, the grass has a purpose in life and death.
Did it fulfill life before death?
Holy God, I want to fulfill my purpose in life! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants me to fulfill my life purpose—He helps me!