One of the many great things our church does is a church-wide devotional each year. This year is the classic gem My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. While we were growing up, this is the book my dad kept at the breakfast table, going through it year after year, but this is the first year I’ve delved into it’s wise goodness. I thought today’s devotional was particularly good, full of applicable wisdom for our lives and marriage – our little worries and our plans we take so seriously. Hopefully it will touch you too.
Look again and think
“Take no thought for your life.” Matthew 6:25
A warning which needs to be reiterated is that the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust of other things entering in, will choke all that God puts in. We are never free from the recurring tides of this encroachment. If it does not come on the line of clothes and food, it will come on the line of money or lack of money; of friends or lack of friends; or on the line of difficult circumstances. It is one steady encroachment all the time, and unless we allow the Spirit of God to raise up the standard against it, these things will come in like a flood.
“Take no thought of your life” “Be careful about one thing only,” says our Lord, “Your relationship to Me.” Common sense shouts loud andy says, “That is absurd, I must consider how I am going to live, I must consider what I am going to eat and drink.” Jesus says you must not. Beware of allowing the thought that this statement is made by One Who does not understand our particular circumstances. Jesus Christ knows our circumstances better than we do, and He says we must not think about these things so as to make them the once concern of our life. Whenever there is competition, be sure that you put your relationship to God first.
“Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” How much evil has begun to threaten you today? What kind of mean little imps have been looking in and saying – Now what are you going to do next month – this summer? “Be anxious for nothing,” Jesus says. Look again and think. Keep your mind on the “much more” of your heavenly Father.
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