34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. — Matthew 6:34 NLT
We all know that worrying does not change anything, yet we continue to be overly concerned about temporary things and situations. God has been faithful to bring us this far and no one can remove us from His hand. Worrying about the future only keeps us from enjoying today. Let the joy of the Lord abide in you and soon your worries will begin to disappear. I realize that sounds overly simplistic, but it really is true. Our attitude about today can be changed by changing our focus. Focus on Jesus and what He has done for us. Focus on what you have and be thankful rather than focusing on what you don’t have. If we trust God with eternal security for our souls, surely we can trust Him for this moment.
Psalm 145:15-21 NLT
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous
33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. — Matt. 6:33 NLT
God gave us time in 24 hour blocks so that our finite minds could comprehend it. He isn’t bound by those restraints. It is always the PRESENT (NOW) to Him. He sees time as an eternity having no beginning and no end. He has forgotten all about your PAST sins (they are cast as far away as the East is from the West) and only He knows whether we have an earthly tomorrow (FUTURE) or not. God comes to us right where we are right now. So, wherever you are and whatever situation you have found yourself in, just look up and you will see the hand of Jesus reaching down to pull you up out of the pit and set your feet on the Solid Rock. Trust Jesus to be your Savior, your Provider, and your Fortress. God is our Jehovah-Jireh, our Provider. He is absolutely all we need.
19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
— Phil, 4:19 NLT
10 And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. — 1 Cor. 10:10 NLT
As Christians, we don’t live lifestyles of continual sinning but since none of us are perfect, we still sin. We commit sins of omission when we fail to move or speak when the Holy Spirit tells us to go or to speak to someone about Jesus. We commit sins of omission when we don’t help those around us when we have the resources available to help them. We also commit sins of commission when we fear, worry or grumble. If God had written more than ten commandments, the next three might well have been “thou shalt not fear”, “thou shalt not worry” and “thou shalt not grumble”. While they are not official commandments, when we read verses that contain words such as “have I not told you”or “God said” or “Jesus said” that should make them official enough for us to obey them. The grumbling that the Israelites did that caused God to destroy them was their continual complaining about God’s provisions for them and the leaders He had chosen for them. Well, yeah, we say, but worrying, fearing and grumbling are just natural things. While that is true, therein lies the issue that God has with us when we do it. He has given us access to the resurrection power that enables us to live above the natural. When we refuse to access that power and live the abundant life, are we not refusing the gift God gave us at the cross?
32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. — Luke 12:32 NLT
Most Christians are very familiar with this passage of Scripture. We are probably more familiar with the version in Matthew 6. These passages are about how God will take care of us and all of our needs. We are warned not to be concerned about our needs for tomorrow. Rather, we are to be concerned with our thoughts and activities for today. In the above verse, God extends that promise to include not only our needs but the whole Kingdom of God. We assume that that is a promise for the future and it is. But, if we put this verse in the context of what Jesus is teaching the disciples and us, then it becomes a promise for now and later. Particulary, in the Matthew version, this teaching follows closely after Jesus has taught the disciples what we call “The Lord’s Prayer”. In that prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray,”Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth even as it is in heaven.” We are a part of the Kingdom of God that exists on earth now. Not in its perfect state, that will come later, nevertheless, it exists now and God wants us to enjoy the benefits of living in the Kingdom now and much more later. It gives God great joy when we accept His gifts and live lives that are full of joy and worry-free. When Jesus tells us not to worry and not to fear, His words are not just empty words, they carry the weight of the Resurrection Power of God behind them! They are more than a mere suggestion!