“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek) For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But see ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:31-33
Today’s Christian daily devotional
I peer out my bedroom window in great anticipation.
From behind the juniper trees in our perfectly planted urban oasis, John’s familiar form stands out from among the crowd. Perhaps it is because I am still madly in love with the man—but he truly shines like a diamond in the rough to me.
His peppered-gray hair, confident gait—everything about my precious John still sends my heart in a tizzy.
It has been said that love slowly crumbles over passage of time. With every year that John and I have tucked under our marriage belt, I fearfully wonder if the luster will fade like so many of my well-meaning friends have cautioned.
Against all the odds–It seems that time has done just the opposite for us; our affections and thoughts towards each other have only deepened. Like the solid roots of a massive oak; every storm we’ve endured seems to nourish the soil of our union in a deeper way.
In my quiet little love stupor, I inhale a deep breath; reminding myself of the truth that someone greater than John actually created my marvelous husband.
In Matthew 6:31-33 we are told that God knows all of our needs. This means isn’t just interested in supplying our physical provisions. God desires to meet every one of our needs–our spiritual and emotional ones are included in that. Take a closer look at Matthew 6:33: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Sometimes, after relishing in your blessings, it is easy to start focusing on the actual gift rather than the one who so graciously supplied it.
I am quite aware of how easily my heart can shift from loving and worshiping God to focusing on something or someone else. This isn’t right, even if my affections are lavished on my amazing husband.
He is just a man, and John is likely to hurt, fail and cause me pain just like any other flawed human. It’s important to keep this perspective so I can have a healthy view of where my true worship lies.
God alone is worthy of our worship. When we lose our focus, we lose ground. After losing our ground, we then allow the enemy (satan) a foothold into our hearts.
It is crucial to guard our hearts and our worship. Remembering this keeps our roots firmly planted on the eternal goodness of a God whose supplies will never run dry.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I confess that my focus has been off-kilter. This season of my life I am basking in the blessings. It has been so good that I have slipped into a subtle place of shifting my focus onto my blessings instead of the God who gave them to me.
I repent, Lord. I love all that you have done for me. But, let me never forget that you are the one true love of my life. When I keep this truth close to my heart—all areas of my life will benefit from it.
I take a moment to worship you, to thank you for remembering me and blessing me even when I forget you.
You are an amazing God worthy of my whole heart. Thank you for the pleasure of sharing it with those you have brought into my life.
Help me to be the kind of person that draws others to you. In Jesus’ precious name, to give you the glory you so richly deserve, Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verses: Matthew 6:31-33
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan