Matthew 6:33-34 – “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” NASB
I have come to realize that too many of us live focused on what might be, what could have been, and the what-ifs of life. I felt inspired several years ago to address that in a book entitled, “Too Busy With Busyness To Hear God.” If we allow the noise of life to crowd out the voice of the Spirit of God, we live beneath our privilege and promise in God.
The words of our Lord, in this passage, are invaluable for living life one day at a time. He is attempting to shift our focus from the important to the essential and from the temporal to the eternal. In that, He is offering us a means whereby we can live this temporal life to the fullest and embrace the eternal. In that sense, we get the best of both worlds.
His instruction is to focus on the essential – God, His Kingdom, and His Righteousness! He gives the pattern for prayer in the earlier portion of this chapter and now at the end of this portion of His discourse, He brings to light how we can bring the focus of that prayer into reality.
Most of us are burdened with the necessary things of life. Jesus is giving us a pathway to having our needs met and maintaining a healthy relationship with Him. If God becomes the most important in our lives and is pursued before anything and everything else, He promises to supply our needs. That is an incredible promise and one that we profess to believe but our practice indicates we do not. We live busy bothered lives rather than in the calm assurance that He is in control and has everything under control.
Jesus’ last words in this discourse and instruction are, “There is no reason to fret over what might be, let things play out as they will. There is enough to focus on in the immediate to fret over what might be tomorrow.” We have the choice to live in a state of peace through trust or in worry out of a misguided idea that it is up to us to do it.
Please know I am not suggesting that we do not do what is needed as we realize it is needed. What I am suggesting is that rather than fret over it, worry about it, lament over what might have been or might be, we look up and make Him the primary pursuit of our lives. It is in His Presence that there is Peace. It is in His Presence there is Provision. It is in His Presence there is Fulfillment.
Therefore, my encouragement and His is, rather than worry about tomorrow learn to live today resting in His Grace, Goodness, and Guidance. I would encourage everyone to read Psalm 91 again and again. I would encourage everyone to read Philippians 4:13-19 again and again. I would encourage everyone to read Romans 8:28 again and again. He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us, and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, therefore we have no reason to fear. He is still God!
God bless you, have a great day in Him!