The Stressers of Life

Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.’”—John 4:34 (ESV)

Have you ever experienced those moments in your life when you feel completely overwhelmed and anxious about what is happening? If you’re breathing, the answer is probably yes. It might be that you aren’t quite sure how all the bills are going to get paid this month. Perhaps you’re experiencing marital difficulties—and it doesn’t seem like your spouse will ever really understand you. Or maybe you have been asking God over and over for an answer for something, and all you hear in response is silence.

I have experienced all three of these things in my own life recently. While crying out to God about my situations, there has been one verse God has reminded me of each time that has helped re-orient me to His purpose for my life: Matthew 6:33 (NASB) where Jesus says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” 

As humans created in the image of God, we are designed to be in sync with God. We are created to be doing God’s work here on the earth. Our first priority is to be His ambassadors, representing Him to the world around us. Our lives are not meant to be selfish, focused just on us and our desires. We are meant to be like our Maker—generous and full of love, kindness, and good deeds for others. 

Whenever life is stressful, confusing, or God feels distant, I have found that I am usually getting things backwards. If I am too focused on “all these things” instead of “His Kingdom and His righteousness,” there is a good chance that is the reason for my stress. However, when I am “doing the will of Him who sent Me,” as John says, God is faithful to take care of the rest. It is the proverbial “don’t put the cart before the horse” scenario. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus and let Him direct everything else. 

DIG: What are you stressed or anxious about right now?

DISCOVER: How much time and energy are you putting into these things vs. your time with the Lord?

DISPLAY: Ask God to show you the areas in your life where you need to continue to “seek His Kingdom and righteousness.”

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