Monday, May 28, 2018

Repetition Is Good for the Soul


By Andrea Merrell

Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, 
for tomorrow will worry about its own things. 
Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:34 NKJV

“How many times have I told you …”
 
If you’re like me, you heard that question a lot when you were growing up. I’m sure our parents wondered if their counsel and reprimands would ever stick.

It’s true, we have to be told certain things quite a few times before we get it. Even as adults, our brains process and retain more through repetition. That’s why the Bible tends to repeat itself over and over on certain subjects, one of the biggest being worry.

In chapters 5-7 in Matthew, Jesus gives the people instructions for living. In chapter 6 verse 25, He begins with Do not worry about your life. In verses 27-28 He explains why, comparing us with the birds of the air and the lilies of the field and how He provides for them. Again, in verse 31, He says Do not worry (about your food or clothes). And verse 34 ends with Do not worry about tomorrow.

And tucked carefully and strategically before that last verse is the key: But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

We might get tired of hearing the same old things over and over, but sometimes it’s necessary to remind us how God wants us to live—free of worry and anxiety, seeking Him first, and trusting Him above all else.

When the Scriptures repeat themselves, pay attention. A little repetition is good for the soul.

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