Jesus challenges us to focus on what God is doing today, right now. That is all that Jesus did. He focused like no one else on that one thing. He gave it His entire attention. Nothing else matters. This is not easy at all. It is not the way of this world. It is the way of God’s world and His reign (Kingdom).
In our culture, we are big on planning. It is an obsession. It is big business. We all want to be strategic. We miss today’s opportunities as a result.
The other side of this is equally disturbing. We whine and complain about what God did not do yesterday. We miss what God is doing by choosing to see what he did not do.
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
English Standard Version. (2016). (Zephaniah 3:17). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
Jesus knew that if we did today what God wants us to, tomorrow will take care of itself.
Here are the key ideas:
- Jesus challenges us to focus exclusively on what God is doing.
- God’s goal is for us to be obedient to him. God wants us to love him.
- God is God and it is not our place to question what he is doing. God is a mighty warrior. God is committed to seeing us through to the end.
- God is in a good mood and takes care of our needs today and always.
- God is great and doing amazing things today.
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.
- Therefore [since plenty of food, drink, and clothing will be added to you in the end]
- don’t worry about tomorrow [since worrying won’t eliminate the economic deprivation you’re presently suffering through persecution],
- for tomorrow will worry about itself [so that you need not worry about tomorrow].
- Sufficient for the day [is] its hardship.
In other words, each day has enough hardship of its own, so that it is excessive as well as needless and fruitless to worry about the next day’s hardship. The sufficiency of the hardship is emphasized by the neuter gender of the Greek word for “sufficient,” thus highlighting the quality of sufficiency, whereas the Greek noun for “hardship,” which “sufficient” describes, is feminine.
The hardship comes from persecution. So, acquiesce to persecution today in confidence of vindication and reward at the end.
Good News: God loves us and is going to take care of us. Jesus knows life is challenging. Through our faith in a good God, we have the strength we need to make. It is a day by day thing.