“Running After Things” ( Matthew 6: 32, NIV ) by Carley Evans

God the Father, says Jesus, knows exactly what you need and exactly when you need it. Each day has evil enough of its own for you to be concerned about tomorrow. Live today, and stop worrying about yesterday and tomorrow!

Jesus isn’t saying not to prepare for your future in that He speaks elsewhere of assessing the needs of a project before you put your hand to do it. Make sure you are able to see it through to completion, or don’t bother to start. But, Jesus is saying not to put things above God. He is saying not to be anxious about what you eat, what you wear, where you sleep, what you own or don’t own. “For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.”

Running after things — isn’t that a common practice!

Walking up Columbus Avenue, Upper West Side, New York, New York — so many beautiful T-H-I-N-G-S for sale in swank shops on both sides of the street; so many quaint sidewalk cafes with delectable menus of scrumptious, high-priced dishes. Life is so short. Solomon says, “So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany [you] in [your] toil all the days of the life God has given [you] under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 8:15)

Jesus is not saying not to enjoy your life. He is saying your life is enjoyable because God knows what you need, when you need it; and He generously gives to you all things. So, “seek His kingdom and His righteousness first.” (Matthew 6:33)