When I was growing up, there was a plaque hanging on a wall in our house that read, “Don’t worry. It may never happen.” I passed that saying many times each day, and those words became branded on my brain. So, of course, I never worry. (I wish!)
There are some people who take worry to the extreme. Their lives are a tightly wound ball of fear. But for the rest of us who don’t participate in the extreme sport of worry, we still struggle. Many concerns are real—making ends meet in a difficult economy, waiting on a medical test (“Just to rule out …”), a wayward child, and on and on. Some worries are borrowed—What will happen if …? But Jesus tells us there is no reason to borrow extra trouble.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Jesus instructs us to slow down and live life one day at a time. He will provide what we need for that day. We don’t “buy” grace from Costco. It never comes in bulk. God never says, “Here’s a ten-pound bag of grace. Use as needed over the next weeks.” His mercies are new every morning, and his faithfulness is great (Lamentations 3:22-23). He promises only one day at a time and one day’s worth of grace at a time. So, focus on your walk with Christ today. Tomorrow, you can start all over.
Lord Jesus, thank you for this great reminder to focus on following hard after you today. Should you grant us another day, we’ll do the same tomorrow. In your name. Amen.