It’s Friday; welcome to this week’s summary! Last week we finished up the Perfect Peace June topical Bible reading challenge and this week we are headed to summarize the first 9 days. Normally I summarized a week at a time, but I like to keep the topical summaries separate at month end. So let’s check out what we learned this week in the Winning Over Worry Bible Reading Summary Week 1.
The first two verses of this chapter are the focus of the reading challenge. We can pursue every opportunity thrown our way, but unless the Lord is behind it? We have nothing. All the success we try to chase down on our own can keep us awake at night, right? But when we follow God’s path, he gives us sweet rest.
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep. verse 2
As I read this #winoverworry Bible reading passage, I did the same thing I do every time I read Isaiah 35:1-10. It’s been almost 13 years since my Taylor girl has been able to call me Mommy. I miss her voice the most when I think of all the songs she used to sing. We are only temporarily robbed of the joy of her voice. One day, she will sing again. No more disease. Do.not.be.anxious. Your God will come. #onemorestep
Say to those who have an anxious heart,“Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God
will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”
Worry is leaving God out of the equation. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.”
I love the question in this chapter. As Jesus is explaining that there is no point in worrying, he pauses and asks a logical question:
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? verse 27
In the formula of life, worry never adds and always subtracts.
Luke relays the same story as Matthew in the above passage. And because he also added this question, I have to think about what the dynamic was like as Jesus said the words. We don’t know if he paused after the question for sure or not, but I think he probably did. Letting it sink into the apostles that worry doesn’t provide any gain.
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? verse 25
Can you get any more direct than Paul in this section? “Do not be anxious.” It’s not an option. It’s not a topic you can choose to waive. It is a command with the understood “you.” Paul is talking to me. To you. to the church at Philippi. YOU do not be anxious. Maybe you could practice memorizing this verse with your name inserted at the beginning. “Rachel, do not be anxious….”
1 Peter 5:1-7
When you do worry, even though you know you shouldn’t… when you are anxious, even though you don’t meant to be, the following verse is the one to latch on to. He loves you anyway. He cares for you. All of you. Your burdens, your sorrows, your anxiety.
The author of the Hebrews#winoverworry #biblereading challenge passage for today quotes this old testament verse. In the midst of daily living instructions, this reminder is given. There is no need to be anxious when God is our fortress.Grab your free printable Bible verse cards or make a Bible Memory verse album on your smartphone to keep these verse at your fingertips!
This psalm was the very first one I memorized in Christian school. I was 10 years old and I still know it today. (Don’t even try to count the number of years.) Word for word. And that’s why Bible memory is so important. I want to be more intentional about it. I slowed down a little during my devotional time on this particular day and tried my hand at a little Bible art journaling again.
And there is our summary of what we’ve covered so far in the Win Over Worry topical Bible reading challenge!
I’d love to hear what you learned or what your favorite verse is from above. Would you share it with us today?
Have a fabulous Friday!
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