Posted on: 16th March 2020
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
What should you do when you are not worrying?
Do things happen for a reason; even the bad things? Is there a definitive answer to that question? This is said to be, “The worst public health crisis of a generation”. “Many will lose loved ones because of the virus.” Can anything good come from this season that we face?
Three months ago, we discussed the themes for the assemblies and devotionals for this half term. For some, this week’s title would be coincidental. For others, it will be a perfectly timed reminder of the perspective that we are called to have when we face situations out of our control.
In John 13, Jesus tells his disciples about the death he is going to face. John 14:1-4 details Jesus’ response to their anxiety:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Whatever situation you face today or over this season, I challenge you to take charge of your hearts response. Don’t let your heart be troubled.
But how can we control our hearts response? Jesus asks his disciples to trust him through it all. Jesus has already healed the sick, calmed the storm, brought dead to life. They had seen his greatness and now they were being encouraged to believe.
Take time this week to remember all the good things God has done for you. Ask yourself how you can “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness”, and believe that no matter what you face, your father in heaven has an eternal future prepared for you already.