Matthew 6:25-27, 31-34
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Last week I was driving to work, sitting in traffic on US 29, when a lady going 50-60 mph slammed into the back of my car, effectively bending the steel frame and warping the entire body of my Expedition (which is basically a tank). Both vehicles were totaled at the scene of the crash.
As I screamed and my body was jolted from the impact, this verse instantly flashed through my mind:
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
It didn’t make any sense. Here I sat, stunned from this collision, writhing in pain, and yet God was speaking to my heart: Don’t worry about tomorrow. I will take care of you.
No Lord… I'm not worried about tomorrow. I’m worried about RIGHT NOW!
My car! My back! My budget! #ouch
I’m a planner. I like to have a plan laid out for things. Budgets, schedules, to-do lists – it’s all organized. And I wasn’t planning to buy a new car this month.
First world problems.
I tend to get worked up and worried about unforeseen circumstances or expenses. God knows that. He knows my insecurities. And at EXACTLY the right moment – in the midst of a traumatic accident – He encouraged my heart with those words: Don’t worry about tomorrow. I will take care of you.
He is faithful.
His words are true. Wherever you are today, whatever you're going through - God knows. And you can trust His word:
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.
God owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10). Every dollar in the world’s economy belongs to Him. And He will provide!
Whatever giants you're facing – whether it's sickness, a financial need, uncertainty, or just first world problems – God is with you. Even when you can’t see the next step, you can see the hand that’s leading you there, and that’s enough.