By Brett Ellington
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
These are definitely very difficult and challenging days that we are living in! For most of us, they are unlike anything that we have experienced in our lifetime! But what can be more difficult than dealing with the challenges, changes and stress of today? Worrying about and trying to figure out tomorrow! I know that I am guilty of doing that on a regular basis! But in Matthew 6:34 Jesus tells his disciples (and us), “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”.
So what is Jesus trying to teach us in this statement? Among other things, Jesus is trying to prevent us from focusing on tomorrow. When we do that, we either get overwhelmed with the possibilities, or overlook what He is wanting to accomplish in our lives today. Or both! The truth is that none of us are ready to face tomorrow. That is what today is for. Notice that the verse reminds us that each day has its own trouble. I believe that God wants to use today, and the troubles that come with it, to prepare us for tomorrow. So that as we follow God’s training plan, and focus on what He is wanting to accomplish in us today, we will be ready for tomorrow when we wake up to face it.
God wants to use the challenges, uncertainties and stress of today to get us to develop our relationship with Him. As we spend time with Him and in His word, we learn to trust Him more. We learn how to hear his voice more clearly so that we can receive the courage, confidence, wisdom and guidance we need to deal with tomorrow when it does come. And we are reminded off all the challenges that He has faithfully brought us through in the past.
So while each day may bring new surprises or changes into our lives, they do not surprise God. In fact, He has already put together a plan to use them to prepare you for tomorrow. And not only does He want to properly prepare us so that we can handle these challenges, He wants to use us to help others learn how to handle their challenges as well. As the old saying goes, “I do not know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds tomorrow”! Let us make up our minds to let Him use today to properly prepare us for tomorrow. And by doing so, we can continue to walk the path that He has for us in peace, and positively impact the lives that we come in contact with along the way.
Prayer: Almighty God, kindle in my heart your peace that passes all understanding. May I not be anxious for tomorrow. May I daily trust in you with each step that I take and be reminded of the journey you have faithfully brought me through.