Verse of the Day Devotion: Matthew 6:34
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34
One thing I believe we do too often is we look ahead and worry about things that have no correlation with today but are specifically future issues. We have no surety of what is going to happen in the coming days. And many times we end up worrying about things that actually never occur. I have to say when I was younger I fell into this trap, but as I have aged, and realized that this verse is true wisdom, I now pray every morning that God will guide me through all the problems and issues I have for that day and leave what ‘could’ happen tomorrow for tomorrow.
The idea here is that we should not be concerned about, first, ‘what may happen tomorrow.’ We have no ability to know with surety that anything will happen tomorrow. However, our God does. And many times, as stated above, we worry about things in the future that turn out not to happen. The evil and troubles, the anxiety of each day as it comes is sufficient without stressing ourselves with restless cares about another day. One day’s troubles is enough to deal with, therefore, we should deal only with the troubles we have today and then be thankful for His help.
Second, we should not be concerned about ‘what we will need tomorrow’. Now, needs are totally different from wants. Jesus denoted our needs as the following. “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” Matthew 6:25. These are our primary needs: food, drink and clothing. We cannot live without food and drink, and clothing is needed in order to protect us from the elements. Therefore, we must have these things in order to survive.
In both ideas, we actually have no need to be concerned at all. In answer to the needs and desires, we read “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:32. And, “O fear the Lord, you His saints; For to those who fear Him there is no want. The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.” Psalm 34:10. It is important that we understand that if we diligently seek His kingdom, and fear and trust God in all our ways, then we have no reason to be concerned. That is why we should only address those things that are currently happening in the present. As our focus verse states, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34. And the way we should address the issues of the day are to, while trusting God for everything, pray fervantly, hear what He says and then follow His leading. And then have faith in Him because, as Paul wrote to the church in Philippi, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.