To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
May/June 2016 Issue – The Presence of God, ‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11
The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):
Matthew 6:25-34 (NIVUK): ”Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith?
So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 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.”
This is a part of today’s study that I really like: “Martyn Lloyd-Jones in his writings on the Sermon on the Mount, asks this question: ‘What is faith?’ This is what he says: ‘Faith … is primarily thinking.’ He quotes the words of Jesus found in today’s reading and points out that here Jesus is saying, ‘Look at the birds, think about them and draw your deductions. Look at the grass , look at the lilies of the field, consider them’.
After years of Christian experience I can tell you that the more I think about how God thinks about me, how much He loves me and how much I mean to Him, the more my thoughts affect my feelings, and in those feelings His presence can be felt. … Sometimes when I think about how God thinks about me tears begin to fill my eyes.”
I think the amount of time we spend thinking about God, is an indication of the strength of our relationship with Jesus. If you only spend a few hours each Sunday thinking about God then I’m not sure you will survive all that well in this troublesome world. Worry will be your constant companion.