Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
All of our worry for today can do nothing about the cares and the problems of tomorrow. Jesus speaks here to his disciples about God’s daily care for them. If God is ordering the care of them including their daily provision (daily bread – Matthew 6:11), then they can certainly be free from worry about tomorrow. We, too, can learn the same thing. If we can learn to rely on God’s care for our present needs, we will develop trust in Him for our future needs.
I’ve written a few times about worry or anxiety about the future. Worry is an uneasiness and is ultimately grounded in a lack of trust in God and His purposes for us. My profession at work is that I am a problem investigator. Some call me a “Cause Evaluator”. When something goes wrong, I’m asked to find out why. I’m asked to get the “root” of the problem. It can be after a piece of equipment has failed or it can be after a person has made a choice or completed an action and that choice or action was not correct. I don’t know what I am facing when I’m called. I need to get to the bottom of the problem. First, and foremost, I need to trust in what I know is the truth and let the truth lead me to what the problem is. The truth sometimes is the manufacturer’s equipment manual on how the piece of equipment is supposed to work. When a human error occurs that causes something to go wrong, it’s a little harder. There’s no manual on what drives humans to make the choices they make.
When we worry we lack confidence in knowing the answer. As believers, when we worry we lack confidence in God. Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” (John 14:1 NKJK) Here we read how Jesus is ministering to the fears of His disciples. Jesus was about to face the steps leading to His death, but took the time to minister to those who have lived and followed Him. What supreme comfort. The unknown can be a frightening thing.
Some of the problems I am asked to investigate are very serious. The solution must be found because the consequences of not finding the truth can cost the company a lot of time, effort, and $$$. The stress is sometimes overwhelming. That’s the same thing with worry. Sometimes the stress is overwhelming. As an evaluator, I must always go to the truth and allow it to lead me to the cause. Then I can develop actions to prevent the problem from occurring again. When the disciples found themselves not knowing what was going to happen, Thomas asked Jesus, “Thomas said to Him, Lord we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way? Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:5-6 NKJV) The consequences of not finding the truth in Jesus is far greater the time, effort, and money. The consequences are eternal.
There are remedies for worry. One of the remedies is living a God-centered life. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33 NKJV) Another remedy is prayer. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NKV)
Friend, as an investigator, my best effort in getting to the root of the problem may not be successful. Sometimes the answer is we just aren’t sure why it happened. But with Jesus, we can be absolutely confident in Him when we place our faith and our trust in Him. Worry leads people away from God, but placing our full confidence in Him, His Word, and His promises will lead us to Victory and finding a lasting solution to worry.
Dear Jesus, thank You that we can place our trust and faith in You. Help us abandon our reliance on our own efforts and bring us back to looking towards You, our author and finisher of our faith. Forgive us Lord when our worry clouds our minds. Bring Your light and truth into our situation so that we can once again see You clearly. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!