FRIDAY, JANUARY 13
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:34 records the words of Jesus from his “Sermon on the Mount,” in which he teaches his disciples how to live in the Kingdom of God.
On the heels of Jesus teaching about not worrying about food, clothing, and shelter, he challenges his disciples to be fully present in the current moment. Verse 34 says not to worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Jesus is inviting us not to spend our energy on tomorrow but to be fully alive to today.
In our cultural moment, this is a particular challenge as our technology grants us the ability to connecting to everyone, everywhere. Never before in human history could someone be sitting on a couch in Kennesaw, Georgia and be having a video call with someone from Germany. Further, our instant information access keeps us stimulated with news not just from our community or country but around the world. This creates a unique temptation to be physically present in one space, yet mentally be somewhere else entirely.
- we can be at a child sporting event but mentally we’re checking the news.
- we can be having a meal with our spouse but our minds take us to the office.
- we can be with our friends but checking a news feed about our “other friends.”
It has never been easier to borrow trouble from tomorrow and borrow trouble from neighbors and strangers across the street and across the world. Now more than ever these words of Jesus – “Do not be anxious about tomorrow” – are crucial for us to hear.
Jesus is commanding us to be where your feet are.
May we heed to command of Jesus not to worry about tomorrow but instead be fully present today!
Thank you for your Word. We pray that by your Spirit, Matthew 6:34 would change us into the likeness of Christ. Help us not to borrow trouble but to be fully present to the moment. We don’t want to miss the beauty that you’ve placed in front of us! Father, we pray this now through The Son, and By the Spirit. Amen.