Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Tuesday April 23, 2019

Theme: ANXIETY

Text: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33.

Comment In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus made it clear that anxiety stems from a lack of faith and from a wrong focus on the things of this world instead of on the kingdom of God. (Matthew 6:25-34) When we focus on the doing of righteousness, then progress and peace will ensue as a matter of course by the grace of God. If we excuse our anxieties by saying, “Well, it’s only human,” or, “Anybody would feel anxious in this situation,” we will not overcome it because we are not confronting the root cause of it, namely, our sin of not believing God and of not seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness. Jesus Christ warned that the seed which fell among the thorns represents those who have heard the gospel, but “are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection”. – Luke 8:14.

We should have faith in the promises of God Almighty to care for us always. The Bible says: “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” – Psalm 37:3-5.

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