Are you worried? What are you worried about?
Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
As I battle my trust issues, in the light of God’s omnipotence and tender loving care and surrounded by evidence of His sovereign plan going forth, I am reminded that it does not really matter if I know the details of His plan. I just need to follow Him and trust Him.
Walking by Faith
As we walk with the Lord we are always exercising and growing our faith. For me to walk in faith is be able to keep going, knowing that in my next step there may be nothing tangible for me to place my foot on but in that case, He will either catch me or He will carry me. That is walking by faith in obedience – step by step. Yes, I know it is easy to say and hard to do. We need only to practice though and the more we practice the more accustomed to it we will become.
Let’s go to the Verse:
Here we go again! 🙂 The “therefore” points back to what has already been said. So, what follows the “therefore” hangs on what precedes it. So take a look back at verses 25-33.
“…do not worry about tomorrow…”
What is opposite of worry? Trust.
If we are worried, we have trust issues. If we are worried we are not letting the peace of God guard our hearts (Phil 4:7). Worry steals our joy and our peace. Why? because we are not trusting God. (Romans 15:13) Boy, do I need to hear this, myself, right now!
“…for tomorrow will worry about itself.”
We do not need to get completely caught up in tomorrow. Of course, we need to be wise, budget our money, pay the power bill, and such, but if we put all our effort and energy into tomorrow then we have missed today. We also are not focused on what Christ calls us to focus on. He calls us to focus on Him – to seek His kingdom and His righteousness (v 33). We need to focus on Christ and His glory instead of focusing on/worrying about tomorrow.
“Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Do you see this in your life? I do. Every day, especially lately, I am bombarded with troubles. Most of them are other peoples troubles, that break my heart and consume my thinking. When I let even today’s troubles consume my thinking, I am not doing what Christ said to do in verse 33. If I am not doing what Christ tells me to do, what is that? Right! It is sin.
As I really think about this today, I am repentant. It was Paul who said that we do what we do not want to do and do not do what we should (Romans 7:19-20). Even when we want to have peace and be obedient, it will be elusive, when we worry.
What I see is that I allow my thinking to get so consumed that it is like being in a washing machine on the spin cycle. I can try to fight the motion but I cannot get control. I must go to passages like 2 Corinthians 10:4-5. We must go to God’s Word. The strength we need to get off the spin cycle is found there, in God’s Word.
His Word Changes Us
It is amazing how God’s Word from cover to cover weaves together like a beautiful tapestry of truth, continually making us what He wants us to be and at the same time revealing Himself and His beauty to us. God uses His Word to change us – to transform us into what He wants us to be for His glory. He is in control of today and tomorrow. We must trust Him – seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness. When we do that, He takes care of tomorrow.
Keep in mind that He may not work everything out tomorrow to your preference, but He will work it out to His preference and for His glory. His glory is for our good!
Sometimes we just need to be aware of something to be able to easily correct it. Unfortunately, worry is usually not that simple to deal with. Battling worry and removing it from our lives is going to happen through prayer and repetition.
- Identify it as worry
- Remember that worry is sin
- Know that God hates sin and will not have it close to Him
- Ask Him to help you trust Him in the situation and in all things
- Give it to Him, and every time you realize you have taken it back give it to Him again
- Trust Him that He knows best
- Rest in His peace
Just remember that God is working on all of us. We are going to be finished one day and we will stand before the Creator of All and live with Him forever in Heaven.
Lord, thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You that You have drawn us close to You so that we can grow in our relationship with You. Help us see that it is the most important relationship we will ever have. We love You, Lord. Please, make us what You want us to be. Help us to be completely Yours. In Jesus holy name, I pray. Amen.
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