Everyone who has been to college knows the beginning of May marks one of the most stressful times of the year: Finals week. After a semester of struggling to manage all of life’s responsibilities, students begin to go into a frenzy as the world collapses in on them.
Despite the promise of a peaceful summer around the corner, they are unable to see anything past that one week. While many may think it’s silly for college students to freak out over a week-long event, this situation is no different from how God views the way many of us lead our lives.
It’s all too easy for us to worry about the future. Just like the college student becomes anxious over finals, many others panic over bills, money, and other materialistic matters. I would be lying if I said I was never concerned over such things; however, Jesus addressed the issue of worriment at the Sermon on the Mount.
In his sermon, Jesus reminds the crowd he always supplies food for the birds and clothes the fields with lilies. He then asks them what reason they have to worry since God provides for things lesser than man. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you.”
Now, this does not mean God will give us everything we ask for. However, our desires will change as we begin seeking his kingdom, and He will, in turn, provide for us on Earth, as well as in heaven.
As believers in Christ, we must seek Him first and trust He has the best plan for our life. It’s important for us to keep in mind the riches that await us after this life, so we do not get trapped in the same tunnel-vision that plagues college student’s during finals week.
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