“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
In this teaching, Jesus shared detailed instructions for how Christians should live their daily lives and how faith should shape behaviour — including how to deal with worry.
In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus specifically told His followers not to worry about food or clothes because God would provide for their needs, just as He does for the birds of the air. This promise of provision and protection applies to all areas of our lives, including help with our problems and easing our inner-most anxieties.
Jesus knew the people of that time struggled with worry, just as we do. At times it is hard to trust God with the concerns that weigh heaviest on our hearts. Instead of trusting Him to handle what we cannot, we waste the opportunities of today worrying about the possibilities of tomorrow. God wants us to leave our problems in His hands, rather than let them become a stumbling block in our faith.
Sometimes it takes a gentle reminder, such as a friend’s, a mother, sister, husband or colleague innocent words, to remind me of this promise. We need to stop holding onto our worries and quit continually reminding Jesus to be as concerned as we are. Instead, we should daily turn those worries into prayers. I have committed to worrying less and trusting Jesus more and have been experiencing the freedom that comes with truly entrusting my needs to Him.
Although we all have things in our lives that lead to worry and reasons to be concerned, what peace we can enjoy if we consciously choose to lay down each day’s worries at God’s feet and leave tomorrow’s worries up to Him, too.
Lord, forgive me for not trusting You with my problems and for letting my worry become a wedge in my faith. Give me the strength to put them in Your hands and avoid trying to take them back. Help me learn to trust You more and believe You are always in control of my life and the things that worry me most. Amen.