Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Saturday, August 21, 2021

Theme: Making the most of our talents in the work of God

Text: “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.” – Matthew 6:31, 32.

Comment: The work of God is one of sacrifice.  One cannot grow in the Kingdom of God when one is worldly and vain, is given to the struggle for positions, money, women, alcoholism and so on. We need to be disciplined and contented for us to overcome this vice. We should avoid the mistake of admiring and wanting to be like those “whose portion is in this life”, who do not have any hope in the kingdom of God. – Isaiah 22:13; Ephesians 2:12.

We should know that God cares for us, making provisions for our present and future needs. Moses told the Israelites in those days “that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live”. He also made them to realize a fact that they may not have taken note of, which was that while they were in the wilderness, their raiment waxed not old (as to need replacements) and that their feet did not swell (due to the strain of the journeys) for forty years. – Deuteronomy 8:3, 4.

St. Paul exhorts us to “be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee…” (Hebrews 13:5, 6) Jesus Christ stated: “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” – Matthew 6:34.