Daily Devotional: A blessing in disguise-a personal note

Matthew 6:33-34

Matthew 6:33-34 (New Living Translation)

33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

As I have been reading the Bible in my quiet time, yesterday, Matthew 6:33-34 was the area I read for my daily reading.

I often replay these verses in mind. I have discovered that this portion of the Bible has left quite an impact and impression on my walk with Jesus. Actually, the entire chapter of Matthew 6 applies so well to our current condition today, especially verses 19 through 34. 

My husband and I have received some interesting news from his work. In the next couple of months, we will experience a major shift and change in our finances. As we are all aware of the ‘bad economy’ I found that this particular passage plays a vital and key role in my husband’s and mine faith. We could fret, worry and be anxious about ‘where will our income from’ or we could trust in God and embrace God’s plan and purposes for us. My husband and I will embrace God’s plan and Stress-ZebraStripespurposes for us, whatever that may be and wherever that may take us. It will be a challenge of course as Satan will do his level best to prevent us from doing that. We are weak and can be easily deceived by the lies of this world. My husband and I discussed this yesterday. God is opening a wonderful opportunity for us to view His handiwork up close and personal in our lives. What a great experience to watch God’s plan unfold. We could fret and spend hours and hours worrying over what will happen. We would miss so much in the process and of the process.

I cannot deny that my husband and I have become attached to earthly possessions and the value this world places on these ‘treasures on earth’ [Matthew 19]. We have become blind to the paradigm shift of ‘store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” [Matthew 20]. With the recent news about our future income, God has opened our eyes once again to His teaching and discipline. It is a blessing to have such a great Teacher.

Dear Lord Jesus, we ask you continue to open our hearts, eyes, and minds to Your ways which are not like ours. Let us welcome Your teaching and guidance with a cheerful heart and praise in our voice. Let us not be fearful of what is to come, as You have it ALL under control. We thank you for this time of hardship and renewal in order that Your glory is established in our lives as You would want it to be. We thank you for leading and guiding our daily steps and being at the center of our home, our hearts and our marriage. We ask you to come and live in our lives. Without You Lord, we cannot do or accomplish anything. May we not grow weary of holding up our arms in praise and worship of You. May we never tire of singing and sharing Your praises. May we never stop seeking You nor cease to ask for help in ALL areas of our lives. Thank you Lord Jesus for hearing our prayers and being a God that answers them in Your time and Your way. We offer all things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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