1:2 May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
1:3 His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
1:4 Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature.
1:5 For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge,
1:6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness,
1:7 and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love.
1:8 For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
12:22 He said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear.
12:23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
12:24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!
12:25 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?
12:26 If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest?
12:27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.
12:28 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you--you of little faith!
12:29 And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying.
12:30 For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them.
12:31 Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
Upper Room contributor Alec Stoltz (Gauteng, South Africa):
"Certainly we should be responsible and concerned about issues that affect us. But when we are consumed by worry, we can commit these concerns in faith and prayer to the Lord and then listen for God’s answer in our Bible readings, in our daily devotions, and in meeting in worship and fellowship with Christian friends. When we are worried, we can remember these practices and trust in God’s promises."
Today, this is one of the first Scriptures I read. It's pretty clear on at least one aspect of God's will. It seems I always come around to this -- it is a core belief and guiding principle of my life: pray, give thanks, spread joy -- but I know it often doesn't manifest in my attitude and actions when the going gets tough. Fortunately, today is a new day, and morning by morning new mercies I see. Thank You, God!
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." —1 Thessalonians 5:16–18
And this one came to my mind earlier without me reading it: "This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it." -- Psalm 118:24 (CSB) (emphasis added)