Why this is important: We often worry about what might happen. Conventional wisdom says “plan for the worst”. And so we do.
Jesus is direct and challenges us to change our minds (repent) about thinking that way. His way is to not worry and trust that God, our loving Father, will helps us the time we need it.
Jesus challenges us to give our entire attention to God right now. God is our God now. God is in a good mood and has our best interest at heart. God will help when it is time. But not before.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
English Standard Version. (2016). (Matthew 6:34). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
God’s Goal: Having given the climactic imperative to guide every area of the disciples’ lives, Jesus returns to the specific issue—worry about God’s daily care for their needs.
- If God’s ordering of the disciples’ lives includes his provision for all of their daily needs, “therefore” one certainly should not worry about tomorrow.
- Learned reliance on God’s care for present needs will cause his disciples to develop trust in him for their future needs.
- The two expressions in this verse, “for tomorrow will worry about itself” and “each day has enough trouble of its own,” reiterate the same basic truth.
- All the worry in the world today can do nothing about the cares and problems of tomorrow. As disciples learn to let God care for them today, including their “daily bread” (6:11), they will become increasingly secure in his care for them tomorrow, regardless of whatever evil may come.
Since no exact parallel to this maxim exists, Jesus’ saying apparently became proverbial, because James gives an admonition that appears to draw on this truth (James 4:13–15).
- Jesus’ disciples don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but the Father does.
- It takes a great deal of worry from us when we live that way daily.