So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt. 6:31-33
Lord Jesus, this is one early morning I don’t feel alone at all. From where I’m seated, I can already see streams of cars heading for the stores and malls, and it’s not even 4:00 in the morning! They call it Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving—a day when your words about “running after all these things” really come to life.
People will be pushing against doors, running up aisles, and grabbing for items. They’ll act like famished people who haven’t eaten in weeks with manners that would usually embarrass most grandmothers—except today, because the grandmothers are right there with them.
Lord Jesus, I’m not sitting here smugly judging anyone, for there’s no one, by nature, more greedy or grabby than me. I thank you that I live in a time and place of abundance. I thank you I’ve never had to be concerned about what I’ll eat, drink, or wear. I even thank you that many people will enjoy fine savings and get real bargains today.
But on this Black Friday, I’m especially grateful for Good Friday and what you accomplished on the cross. It’s only because of you, Jesus, that we know God as Abba, Father—who knows our every need, who answers before we ask; who gives us all things richly to enjoy; who satisfies our hunger, slakes our thirst, and clothes us—not only with cotton, but in your righteousness. What riches we have, indeed… to feast upon you as the Bread of Life and to drink the living water you alone can give—we are a wealthy, beloved, care-for people beyond all deserving and accounting.
In this next season of our lives, show us, Lord Jesus, how to seek your kingdom first, above everything else. Rather than spending more money on ourselves, where would you have us invest our time, talent, and treasure; our energy, tears, and laughter? What new chapters of your story of redemption and restoration would you write through us? So very Amen we pray, with gratitude and anticipation, in your loving name.