“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:34 NLT)
Today’s trouble is ENOUGH for today…
I know that’s right!
Once again, this is one of those scriptures that I read more than enough times and still struggle with this. Reading this scripture this morning was like a cool drink of water for my spirit. Upon waking up this morning, I had a plethora of things spinning around in my head. They came in the form of a long to-do list: paying bills, webinars, laundry. You know, the fun “adulting stuff.”
Not only was I thinking about what needed to be done for today, but also tomorrow. Before sitting down and reaching for my bible and devotional book, I could feel my body tense up.
It was time for me take a TIME OUT.
I thank God for devotionals. It’s a fabulous way for me to seek some peace before the day starts. While reading, Matthew 6:34 is boldly highlighted as God doesn’t suggest we not worry. He commands it.
Thinking about my impending to-do list, I think about how I definitely have more than enough troubles for today. But the deep reflection doesn’t stop there.
I sit silently and ask myself how long have I been putting myself through unnecessary stress, worry, and anxiety and why? Maybe it’s me trying to be the control freak thinking I have to do it all in my worrying.
To human logic, it may somewhat logical. But spiritually I find it counterproductive. It’s definitely not pleasing to God as it robs Him as first place and focus in my heart.
The phrase “Do not worry” was for me to follow to the tee.
God in His grace, mercy, and infinite wisdom gives us only what we can handle:
24 hours ONLY.
Nothing more or less.
God commanding me not to worry is a form of protection. Worrying about tomorrow or anything regarding the future for that matter is more than I can handle. It’s also a form of oppression keeping us in this bondage of anxiety and stress.
Worrying for the future like having a plate full of food that barely has enough to fit the gravy and you’re looking ahead for more.
Our focus should be what’s in front of us RIGHT NOW. Of course, this isn’t to say that we shouldn’t plan for the future. That would be unwise. However, if we are to plan, we plan tentatively.
Tomorrow will have tomorrow’s issues. We’re to trust and focus on God TODAY. Trusting God at all times doesn’t only pertain to the future. It includes NOW.
I quickly repented after reading Matthew 6:34 as I scribbled in my journal penning the prayer:
Lord, I bring my day to You. I pray that You help me focus on this 24 hours given. I trust You to equip and empower me by Your Holy Spirit to get done what needs to get done TODAY. The secret, “not yet” things, I leave to you. AMEN!
Needless to say, all those tasks I was worrying about getting done DID get done with time to spare. As a bonus, I got peace for today.
I get it. Life comes at us fast sending our minds in a “worry flurry” before we even hit the snooze button on our alarms. We might find ourselves wanting to skip out on today and look for tomorrow. We’re only blessed with 24 hours to make things count and enjoy God’s Presence in the present. Today isn’t so bad if you seek God in it.
God says to not worry about tomorrow. It’s not a suggestion but a command. There’s ENOUGH going on today.