Bible verses to build your life on

Jesus said: “… whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock…” ~ Matthew 7:24



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Do not worry! Well, that was easy! Not! ~ study

October 2010


"Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." ~ Matthew 6:31-33




This passage is at least somewhat self-explanatory to many, so I'll keep my thoughts brief. Worry is different from concern - for you and I both know that God is concerned about each detail that they go according to His will, He's just not worried or fretting over it, and those who are His children need not fret either. (easier said than done? :) ~ Yes, but we keep growing in it...)


Also, the word Gentiles there is not the whole category of Gentiles, but is really best understood as unsaved Gentiles, for Jesus was talking to the Jewish people and trying to help them see the wrongness of thinking like the world, rather than relying on their Heavenly Father for every detail, and growing to include Him in every detail - really wanting to include and understand His thoughts on each point.


The real climax of this passage is in verse 33: "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness..." ~ there is so much in this little statement, and the more I see of life, the more I see that is available to us, as we seek Him and His Kingdom - First. Also, something that may slip by us too often is the note, in this verse, to seek first His Kingdom. You are probably wondering why I asked that. Well, I think too often, we as humans aim much lower, and try to lower His standards, forgetting we have the flawed standards, He has the righteous standards. So, let's keep raising our sights, yes?


Take care for now, and let's try to intentionally ponder this today, as we hurry off to a busy Monday and Tuesday. ~ your bro and a growing servant/life-slave of Jesus, SH


P.S. ~ a fitting verse to conclude on, Jesus' conclusion ~ :) - "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Matthew 6:34 ~ Trusting, and asking God for wisdom of how to grow more today, and how to obey and serve Him more today. ~ SH