“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
When we seek to exert control over our lives, it is because we feel like we are missing out on something that we need. Jesus has told us that He will provide for all our needs, so our desire to control actually cuts into Jesus' control over our lives. We find hope when we give up control to Him.
Jesus encourages us to rest in our positions in God’s kingdom (vv. 31-34) instead of being consumed by worry and fear. First, remember that God loves as a Father loves. We should not think of God as far away and unapproachable, or even as a king who is inaccessible. As our Father, God loves and cares for us. Second, God is personal; we have a personal relationship with Him. Finally, as both God and Father, He knows our basic needs in life.
Christians never have to worry about whether God knows or cares about their needs. Instead of worrying, believers can seek the kingdom of God and trust Him. We can focus on living out His mission. If His will is our priority, we will be less concerned about material matters and more committed to eternal relationships.
- What makes you search for control? What are you not trusting God for?
- How is your desire for control keeping you from living for God?
- Pray that you would desire the kingdom of God above all else.