Beyond the Weekend

July 16 | Filling

July 16, 2021


But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

Read: Matthew 6:31–34
Matthew 6


Jesus’s listeners knew uncertainty. They may wonder where their next meal will come from or how they will clothe their growing children. They didn’t know what type of harvest they would have or whether they would catch enough fish to keep the family business afloat. They have real needs and could feel like things were outside their control. Imagine their deep joy when Jesus promises to fill them. Some translations use the word “satisfied.” In his backward blessing, he promises those with needs are the ones who are blessed.

Later in this same sermon, Jesus urges the people not to worry about food, drink or clothing. He reminds them their Heavenly Father already knows their needs. He promises that their needs will be satisfied as they seek God and his kingdom first.

Jesus invites us to stop chasing and start trusting him. We, too, have worries and unmet needs, whether it’s a job search, wayward child, pile of medical bills or broken relationship. As we focus on pursuing Jesus and his way of right-living, we can trust he will fulfill our needs and meet us in them. His provision may not come in the time we think it should or look like what we expect. But even in the waiting, we can experience the satisfaction of his presence and his peace as we trust him each day.


What is one thing that is worrisome for you today? First, bring it to God and offer it to him with open hands. Then share with a trusted friend or your small group and ask them to join you in praying for this too.


Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.

Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 7.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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