Hidden Nuggets Series #67 – “…tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” – Matthew 6:34
I think a lot of you are right there with me…worrying about money for retirement…worrying about how to budget for the monthly bills…worrying about career options, housing options, how to pay for college, and having enough to buy those Christmas presents. If we are not careful we end up exhausting ourselves when we worry about money.
Worry seems like a selfish act in that it places the whole burden on me. I’m the only one that can make it happen. I have to manage all the details. I need foresight into all the external factors that may arise so that I can juggle my decisions to achieve the desired outcome.
In reality, there is someone in my corner who knows my needs far better than I. And I can rest my worry about money (and all things really) at His feet.
Comforting Words When You Worry About Money
My go to Bible verse when I start to worry about money is actually a series of verses. In the midst of perhaps his greatest sermon, Jesus challenges worriers with these words in Matthew 6:25-34:
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’…For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Sufficient for the Day is its Own Trouble
I love the line that closes out the passage. It should sum up our mindset, don’t you think? Focus on today’s events and leave tomorrow for tomorrow.
Keep in mind, Jesus isn’t saying “Don’t plan.” He’s simply challenging us to monitor our emotions as they relate to our future plans. Agonizing over things we cannot control or events that may never happen will be counterproductive to living a joyful and fulfilling life in the moment.
Plus, I think there is great value in being mentally and emotionally present in the moment. When our minds are so focused on tomorrow we often miss opportunities in the present. The chance to make a connection, solve a problem or help someone in need pass us by because we are worrying about events down the road.
God Puts Our Value in Context
God created all that we see. He owns it all. And He’s concerned about it all, right down to the lilies of the field.
They are beautifully adorned. They grow by drinking in the rain and bathing in the sun that is provided to them on a daily basis. They have no cares other than to exist and enjoy the life given to them but for a short time.
If God cares for a simple plant in this way, why do I think He won’t provide for me?
Do I not have more value than they?
Is my faith that shallow to assume God is overlooking my needs?
Let Go and Don’t Worry About Money
I plan to always have food to eat, clothes to wear and a roof over my head. I hope all the decisions I’m currently facing will work themselves out satisfactorily. I anticipate the financial plans I’m working to be successful.
But whatever the outcomes I need to lay my worry down about them. It’s a burden not worth carrying.
Questions: Do you ever find yourself getting wrapped up in worry about money…or anything else? How do you deal with it? What’s the biggest thing you worry about?
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