Faith in the Father’s Mercy (4/7)

Matthew 6:19
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and rust destroy,
and where thieves break in and steal.

Devotional

Matthew 6:19-25
¹⁹Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
²⁰But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; ²¹for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
²²The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. ²³But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
²⁴No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
²⁵For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

God’s merciful provision for our earthly needs frees us for service in His name.

When he entered a barber shop, a boy asked if he could open the window near the barber’s chair.
The barber asked why.
The lad said, “My bicycle is just outside the window, and I want to watch, in case someone tries to steal it.”
The barber said, “Bring it to the front of the shop. I’ll watch it for you while you’re in the chair.”
After doing so, the boy’s mind was at ease.

How often we keep our eyes on our possessions when we should look to God who is always ready to help us! He wants to relieve us of our anxieties relating to material things. He wants us to entrust ourselves and whatever we possess into His care and keeping.
Christ reminds us that He will watch our worldly necessities for us if we will but trust and go about the business for which we are placed upon this earth.

Prayer suggestion

▪︎ Ask the Lord to give you faith to trust in Him, and to place our affection on the treasures of heaven.

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