In no way do I mean to minimize your worries. In fact, do pray about them. Peter, in 1 Peter 5:7, says, “casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you,” and Paul, in Philippians 4:6-7, says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
BUT there are lots of studies about dealing with your worries. I am going to focus on seeking His kingdom, and seeking it first. When you’re done reading today’s kingdom verse, maybe you won’t feel the need to worry about all those things anyway. If that’s not true today, I hope it’s true after a few days of seeking His kingdom first. At any rate, I won’t be mentioning worry much anymore after today.
Instead we’re going to focus on seeking His kingdom. Are you worried that it’s going to be hard to find? Then today’s verse should relax you. At the end of Luke’s telling of the message that we read yesterday in Matthew, Jesus says this:
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”
I don’t know about you, but I find it very comforting, as we start out, to know that God is not trying to keep His kingdom away from us. He wants us to find it. Another place Jesus tells us this is in Matthew 7:7-11. “Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened. Or what man is there among you, when his son shall ask him for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he shall ask for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”
How did you do yesterday with replacing your worries with a kingdom phrase? The phrase I’m choosing to replace my anxious thoughts any time I catch myself worrying today is MY FATHER HAS CHOSEN GLADLY TO GIVE ME THE KINGDOM. Is that yours, too?
*All verses from the New American Standard Bible, originally used with permission in the paperback version of Seeking First His Kingdom (61 days of worry-free devotions).