Thursday, August 13, 2015

Why Worry?

Have you ever personalized a passage of scripture?

I was recently challenged to do this in a Bible study focusing on God's love and care.

Here is Matthew 6:25-34 in the "Ruthie Version." :)

"I am telling you, Ruthie, stop worrying and fretting about your life, about the food you'll eat, what to drink, or about your body and the clothes to put on. Your life is more important than these things.

"Check out the birds - they don't sweat it out doing tiresome work or saving for tomorrow. And yet, God ensures they don't go hungry. For sure, aren't you more valuable than little birds?

Little Ugandan birds.

"I mean, do you really think worrying is beneficial and can add anything to your life? And you worry about clothes?

"Observe and think about the wildflowers. They grow where God has planted them; but they do it naturally, without exerting their own effort and energy. But do you know what? Their 'clothing' is far more stunning and glorious than anything Solomon the great king could have dreamed up!

"So, I'm telling you, if God dresses the little flowers of the field, which are here today and gone tomorrow, won't Jesus dress you, Ruthie?

"So again, I am emphasizing, don't worry. Don't ask yourself, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?' For those who don't know or seek God make these things their lifelong pursuit, but your Father in heaven, in His incredible love and grace, knows your every single, minute need.

Little wildflowers growing in and around rocks on top of Lingira hill. Mostly out of sight, yet God sees them and "clothes" them.

"Instead, focus your energies on wholeheartedly pursuing after God, His righteousness and His kingdom, and He will ensure your needs are met.

"So, in light of all these things, don't worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will worry for itself. Each day has its own set of challenges, but God's grace and love are always sufficient."

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