Matthew 6:33 always calms me when I am feeling frazzled, confused, frustrated, and running on empty. It says: But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
As Christians, we know worry is not what God wants for us. He wants us to always maintain our trust in Him. To confide and share our innermost thoughts with Him, no matter what the circumstance(s) may be, or how difficult things may seem. As humans, our emotions are fickle and often get the best of us. If we allow them, our emotions can take us on wild roller coaster rides of highs and lows, with little glimmers of peace and joy sprinkled in between our problems. Our emotions can be like cunning little thieves which creep up on us to make us feel defeated, hopeless, and worthless. In other words, we often allow our emotions to steal our joy.
God gives us a command in scripture when He says do not worry about your life in Matthew 6:25. What He is saying, is do not let your problems or concerns dominate or consume your thought life. Have you ever noticed your problems become bigger and bigger the more you dwell on them? That is because what we choose to dwell on becomes magnified.
Look at the wonder of nature and how God provides in abundance. God takes care of the birds and He provides them with sustenance to feed them. He takes care of the grass and the flowers in the fields. Surely, He will take care of His children. As His children, he takes pride in us. He wants the best for us. He values us. He loves us. He treasures us.
Let us sink God’s word deep into our hearts. We should seek Him first and allow Him to work things out. We don’t know what today or tomorrow will bring, but we seek and trust our faithful God with all of our today’s and tomorrow’s. He will help us with whatever comes our way. God is already there. Meditate on His word. Pray. Seek His face. Don’t let your problems and concerns steal your joy.
Seek Him first. Do not worry.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.