“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34
What are things that make you anxious or stressed? When I think back to my teenage years, I spent a lot of time stressed and worrying over a lot of different things: grades, boys, clothes, sports, etc. And I am pretty sure I didn’t enjoy the things around me nearly as much as I could have- including my relationship with God. Have you ever noticed that worrying is exhausting?
God tells us not to worry. This passage reminds us that God knows our needs. It gives the beautiful illustrations of how God provides for birds and lilies and then reminds us how much more valuable we are to God than these wonderful creations.
When you find yourself anxious, remember that you are a child of a sovereign God whom you can trust. He has reassured us that he knows what we need, and that he will care for us. He asks us to seek him, and obey him (vs 33). That is what we should spend our time on. And I love what Matthew says about tomorrow- it will be anxious for itself. In other words, it doesn’t need any help from me!
We do live in a fallen world, and each day does have trouble; so why borrow extra by being worried about tomorrow? Now, this does not mean that we can just be lazy and let life go by. There is nothing wrong with preparing for situations- such as studying for a test.
But there is a difference in preparing by studying, but instead spending time worrying while your studying, or even worrying instead of studying. So the next time you find yourself anxious about something, remember that you have a God who loves you, knows what you need, and that you can trust to take care of you.
Have you been borrowing trouble lately?