Day 9: Seeking First His Kingdom (61 days of worry-free devotion)

Don’t you hate the feeling of knowing that some people in the room know more about a situation than you do? Feeling like there’s more to a story and you’re not one of the ones “in the know?”

One of the things I feel luckiest about in this world is that the words of Jesus and his disciples were recorded and somehow made it into my hands two thousand years later. Early in Matthew chapter 13, Jesus speaks to the multitudes in a parable, and later, his disciples ask him why. He says,

“To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.”

Matthew 13:11

“Therefore I speak in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.”

Matthew 13:13

“But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.”

Matthew 13:16

And then Jesus gives his disciples (and therefore you and me) an explanation of the parable he’d just told the multitudes. And somehow, two thousand years later, you and I get to be in the know, too. Tomorrow we’ll talk about the parable that the disciples were asking about here, but for today, I want to focus on being thankful that we are privy to the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. If I catch myself worrying today, I’m going to replace that worry with I GET TO KNOW THE MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN!

(New American Standard Bible verses used in the paperback version of this book with permission from The Lockman Foundation


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