This summer, we are studying the Beatitudes that start-off Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12. These ways that Jesus tells us we should act as Christians are counter-cultural, with blessings or rewards that will come in eternity, not here. We’ll be digging deeper into each of the 9 Beatitudes, looking at other verses in the Bible that describe each characteristic, Biblical characters that exude the Beatitudes, and the blessing that comes from it. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
Do Not Worry
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Meek Seek | Becky Newman
Matthew 6:25-34 is about how worry can drive us instead of God. Worrying about eating, drinking, clothes — all of those things that require money — this makes us most concerned with getting money, working more and harder, looking for easy ways to get money, and in the meantime, losing focus on God and pleasing Him. We seek to please the man who writes the paycheck instead. In the context of the third Beatitude — “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” — both the person worrying about money and the meek are seeking security, but only one is focused on God for it. “Meek” means mild, gentle, humble, kind, forgiving. It does not mean self-seeking but rather God-seeking in this context.
Seeking the stuff of this world makes me lose focus on You and makes me think my good work is responsible for my success rather than the reality that You are the Provider, You are the One giving me the opportunities, and You are the One guiding me in the right direction. My attitude needs to stay meek to give You the glory. Every good thing comes from You.
Lord, thank You for being my Provider and giving me security. Thank You for every opportunity, every point in Your direction, and every good thing. May I choose to follow You always and humble myself before You.
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