030601 Finding God in the Mystery of every day
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Matthew 6: 31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Sometimes we need to take a moment and bring things into focus. It is axiomatic that what Jesus is telling those who are listening, no doubt the twelve, but possibly others wandering by as well, that they would not really be able to achieve that righteousness of which He spoke with any kind of (and here’s the trendy word) “sustainability”. We might by our own strength of will be able to frame a righteous response to a situation, but to live up to the simplest expression of the law of God, the decalogue, the Ten Commandments, (Exodus 20) is frankly impossible without divine help, which in this instance foreshadows the coming of the empowering Holy Spirit. (Acts 2)
For many years I heard the words of the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7) thrown down as a gauntlet, daring me to take it up and face Jesus’ words as a challenge. In my failure, I despaired and soon gave up even trying all the while haunted by the words. Only when I began t see the Bible as a whole and to read it with that expectation did I come to understand the internal sickness of sin and its viral effect upon the whole human race, The only cure for sin is the indwelling Holy Spirit of God, the mediate presence of Christ in the world today.
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