|Posted on September 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM|
Warning. This post is super long.
I have been in Matthew 6 for some weeks now. I'm reading the section that starts
Matt 6:7 And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over) as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him (AMP).
Then Jesus gave them the so called "Lord's" Prayer. I skip down to
25 Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing? (AMP)
The thing I like about Matthew 6 is Jesus gives the antidote for this type of anxiety. He redirects us, reshaping our focus.
33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides (AMP).
King James might be clearer here.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Some translations read "goodness" instead of "righteousness."
We need many things, but as it says above, "Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him."
This sort of abandonment of seeking things (not to mention all our lesser anxieties) is not about expecting someone else to pay for what you need, or being lazy. It's about an "attitude of caring," according to Charles Haun. He quoted Peter.
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you (KJV).
Charles Haun preferred the King James in this case. It reads "care," rather than "cares." "Cast all your care..." It's not just a matter of telling God everything you're upset about. Your care, your "attitude of caring," can be rolled onto Him.
The Amplified backs up Charles Haun's reading of this verse:
7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
"Once and for all."
After studying all this out, I found I needed shoes. I caught myself telling the Lord several times that I needed to buy a pair of new shoes. It seemed to me I was going against what I was learning about in Matthew 6. The reason I even bothered praying about buying shoes is I don't have very much energy at all. Sometimes I can only pull off a single outing in a week's time. So the trouble was getting to a place where I could get what I needed without wasting a lot of time. Grocery shopping at WalMart was out of the picture, because my dad told me he got a pair of shoes there and they ended up being garbage.
Turns out, only a few days later, my gf needed a gift for a wedding we were going to. We went into Kohl's, and while there, I found a pair of tennis shoes I was pleased with.
Not only that. I just started AT&T Internet service a couple weeks before that. I had problems with it, and they sent me a $100 gift card. So not only did an opportunity to shoe shop open up. I also already had what I needed financially to get them, and that during a pretty tight month.
May he continue to train us and teach us his ways.
God is love.