September 19, 2018
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:33-34
Today was supposed to be a light day for me; I only had three appointments on my calendar. I planned on having plenty of time in between those appointments to get some work done and even get some rest. Well, if you are curious how that all worked out, just let me say that I am writing this “morning” devotion at 7:30 p.m. This day caught me completely off guard with various unexpected complications and trials. You see, I have been looking 3, 4, or 5 days into the future, worrying about several things. So when today started, I was hardly paying attention.
The Bible doesn’t tell us to blindly go through life without plans. There are plenty of verses about the wisdom of planning ahead. However, Matthew 6:33-34 makes it very clear that our biggest concern should be for today. When our worries are all concentrated on the future, we miss what God is doing in the present. So we should make our plans, but then entrust them to Him. Then, as we wake up each day we should be seeking His Kingdom and His righteousness first and foremost. I had several opportunities today to see God at work, and I’m afraid I missed most of them because of my overwhelming worries about tomorrow. So sit down tonight, look into the future, make your plans, and commit them to God. After that, wake up tomorrow morning with a fresh excitement, asking; “What is God going to do in me and through me today for His Kingdom?!”
Heavenly Father, let our tomorrow find peace in Your provision so that our today can focus on Your Kingdom.
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Shane Cannon