Tonight I stare at a pile of receipts to be entered into my checking software
and a stack of bills to be paid. The cost of living continues to rise as
things like groceries go up and up. Gas bounces up and down seemingly with
no rhyme or reason. God has blessed me with a secure job. I make enough to
pay my bills but sometimes I worry about money. That's when I find comfort
in remembering the words of Jesus.
Matthew 6:24-34 (MSG)
24 "You can't worship two gods at once. Loving one god,
you'll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other.
You can't worship God and Money both.
25-26 "If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship,
it follows that you don't fuss about what's on the table at mealtimes or
whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your
life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance
than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered,
not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you
count far more to him than birds.
27-29 "Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever
gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion-do
you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions,
walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or
shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed
men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
30-33 "If God gives such attention to the appearance of
wildflowers-most of which are never even seen-don't you think he'll attend
to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I'm trying to do here
is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can
respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss
over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life
in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing
out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
34 "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right
now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God
will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time
I have enough money to pay the bills in front of me right now. I ate today.
God reigns. He is still in control. I am content. I will not worry this night.