What are your plans for tomorrow? Are you planning for next weekend? Are you planning your next vacation and wondering how you will save the money for it? Are you worried about the doctor appointment you have next week? Are you worried about the job interview you have coming up?
We all plan different activities. We build our “to do” lists. We wonder what is going to happen at work tomorrow. We worry about saving money for a family vacation. We worry about college loans piling up and how we will pay them off. We scurry about with a long list of things on our minds.
I’m sure there are people who are planning for that Super Bowl party. They are deciding who to invite, who not to, and who is on the maybe list. They are setting up a menu, deciding when to cook, what they need to buy, and where they need to buy it. They are deciding if they should rearrange their living room for optimal viewing and whether they should use the stereo to boost the volume. Lots of planning and worrying going into that party.
We are told by Jesus not to worry about tomorrow. He instructed us to focus on today. I’m not convinced He meant that we should not properly plan for our future or future events. I do believe He meant that we should not allow the future to overwhelm the present.
Too often we fret about what is going to happen or what we need to do a week, a month, or even several months from now. We allow these things to cause us to be in bad moods, have negative attitudes, or simply be distracted and unable to function optimally. I believe Jesus is telling us to put these future events in their proper place. I believe He wants us to lean on Him and trust He is in control.
When we trust God to care for us, protect us, and provide for our needs, we can put the future into proper perspective. It isn’t easy. We want to feel like we are in control. We want to believe we can take care of things. We fool ourselves with this perception, even when deep down we know it isn’t true.
I pray we all learn to give everything over to God. Ask Jesus to take care of our future. Believe in Him and trust him to deliver on His promises. Know that God is in control. Lean on Him to provide for you. Stop worrying about tomorrow.
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.