From Rich Carroll:
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)
The corona virus has us all thinking about the future and what will tomorrow bring in regards to our jobs, our schools, our health and our plans.
This verse in Matthew is taken from the middle of a lengthy teaching/sermon Jesus is giving, known as the Sermon on the Mount. Just prior to this section Jesus warns the people/us about the problem of trying to serve 2 masters at the same time. In fact He tells us that it is impossible! For either, we will end up ‘hating the one and loving the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other.’ He tells us straight out that we ‘cannot serve God and Money’ at the same time. (Matthew 6:24) One will win out over the other every time.
Then Jesus, the Eternal Word, and the face of God Himself tells us that anxiety and worry run contrary to a heart that is committed to serving and loving God alone. Why do you worry about clothes or food or shelter Jesus asks them? If His Father takes such good care of the birds of the air and the flowers of the field will He not take care of those who are made in His very image, Jesus asks?
We may have enough for today but what about tomorrow, next week or next year? There’s nothing wrong with making plans for the future but who or what are we truly trusting while making those plans? If He promises us enough ‘manna’ for today will He not provide the manna that’s needed for tomorrow and next month as well?
The more I personally see who this Jesus really is that makes such grand and definitive statements the more I can lay my head to rest each night. The more I see His displays of power, love, sacrifice, forgiveness and kindness towards and for me the more I want to worship and truly leave the worries of tomorrow in His hands.
I really do have enough trouble for today’s energy and faith without exhausting them for tomorrow’s as well.
“Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:8)