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by Pastor Mark Jordan

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” (Matthew 6:34, MSG) 

Today’s verse comes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. I love how The Message Version frames the idea of not worrying in this context. It comes down to attention.

To what do you pay attention? Those things can tend to direct your life, can’t they? Proverbs 23:7 teaches that a person is as he or she thinks; this means that your strongest thoughts dictate the direction of your life. So the things to which you pay attention have a powerful way of directing your entire life.

Jesus’ wisdom is to pay attention to what God is doing right now. This means you don’t worry about the things that might or might not happen, but focus on what God is doing right now. And know this: an invitation to join Him always follows. This is what the Lord meant when He said that God will help you deal with whatever hard things that might arise.

If you are prone to worry, shift your focus. Pay attention to what God is doing, and accept His invitation to join Him. I know you’ll be glad you did.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I want to give you my attention. Forgive me for the times when I pay greater attention to the things that don’t matter or might not even happen. I ask for your help to hear and heed your invitation to join you in what you’re doing. I pray in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

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