Are you troubled about tomorrow? So many times we spend our days worrying about the very next day ahead. We may not realize it, but many times we try to play the predictor, or fortune-teller in our own minds about what will come to us the next day. This can be dangerous, and it certainly is not healthy for anyone to do.
As I reflect back on some of the times of worrying in my own life there are so many examples that come to mind. I remember one instance in which I was on my way from work to meet my wife ( Rachel ) to go birthday shopping for one of our children. My radiator on my truck went out in the middle of traffic that blazing hot afternoon. Money was already tight, and I already been stressing about how we were going to pay for the birthday presents. We got the truck into the shop, and I even told them they could take their time. That was my stall tactic in trying to figure out how in the world I was going to pay for this radiator. We had not really mentioned this to anyone that we could recall, but evidently someone knew about it. About four days later I was at work. Rachel called me and said, “You are never going to guess who just left our house.”. She was right I couldn’t guess. There was a family in our church that came over to visit. While they were there, they told Rachel how they had just gotten an income tax return back for the first time in a long time. God had put it on their heart to give us a certain amount of that money. I don’t remember what that amount was, but I remember that amount was five dollars and some change over what it cost to get my truck fixed. What a blessing! I was thankful for God providing, and for that family following God’s leading to give.
The Lord Jesus had just been talking with those around Him about a variety of issues like “treasure in Heaven” and “not worrying”. He even took the time in verse 34 here to say, “So do not worry about tomorrow”. However, before He gave us verse 34, it would be good to go back and look in your Bible from verse 25 all the way to verse 34 to get the full context of why Jesus is saying we do not have to worry about tomorrow. I think there are some important truths that God is showing cap stoned in verse 34.
First, do not worry about tomorrow. He shares in these verses that so many times, even His children, run around like the pagans of that day worrying about what they would eat, drink or even wear. Many of the things we worry about have no eternal value to them. ( Career, money, house, vehicle, pension, etc. ) That was exactly what Jesus was telling them here. Don’t worry about tomorrow, because we are not even guaranteed a tomorrow. If tomorrow comes, we can think on those things then, and only for then ( that day ). God is wanting us to focus on the day at hand. He wants to work through us, our situations, and our circumstances today. Focus on the day you do have, and not on the tomorrow that may never come.
Second, remember that God knows what you need. Matthew 6:32 says that God knows what we need. God knows if you need clothes, food, medicine or whatever need it may be. That does not mean that it will be given to you in over-abundance, or that life will be easy. It does mean that any genuine need you or I have, it does not escape the knowledge and understanding of Almighty God. We must remember that He is in Heaven working all things for His glory and our good. ( Romans 8:28 ).
Third, seek God first and foremost. This cannot be said enough, or screamed loud enough from the roof-tops. You should seek God first in everything you do in this life. Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” What are “these things”? These are all the things we labor, toil, and worry over that are genuine needs in our life. The simple truth is this. If we put God in the number one spot of our life, we will seek Him first. If we are seeking God first, we are less likely to experience the constant worry that many people experience today.
This thing we call “worry” is no new thing. It has been going on since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. In all reality we know we are going to experience worry. However, my question to you is, “Is your life consumed with worry?”. If so, that is a dangerous place to be. Worry adds unnecessary stress and anxiety to our lives. It is not healthy and may do physical damage to your body. It also reveals that you are not trusting God in the way a child of the King should be trusting in his/her Lord.
Do not worry about tomorrow. Rest in the fact that God knows what you need. Seek God first and foremost in everything. He loves you so much that He went to the cross and gave His life for you. If you know Jesus, then death has been defeated. Do not be robbed of the peace and joy that comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ because of worry. Trust in Him today!