Billie Sue’s grandfather, Lex Smith, loved to do word puzzles in his retirement years. He would sit for hours filling in the squares with letters.
In the those last days, he would spell the same word out loud over and over again. I can still hear him saying the letters again and again.
“T – R – O – U – B – L – E.” “T – R – O – U – B – L – E.” “T – R – O – U – B – L – E.”
I’m not sure why he got stuck on that one word. But he did.
Jesus talked about “trouble” too.
Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34 HCSB
We can get stuck on tomorrow’s trouble too. Jesus knows our tendencies. How easy it is for us to get focused on something that might or might not happen tomorrow. In doing so, we miss living today to the fullest!
Yes, tomorrow will come with its trouble, but why live it today in our minds before it actually happens? Plus, we don’t know what will happen tomorrow. We could end up worrying about things that will never happen anyway!
I’m just as guilty as the rest of you. Worry sneaks into my thoughts when I don’t stay focused on the truth of God’s Word and His Son Jesus.
So, how do we do that?!
Remember the verse just before verse 34? Verse 34 begins with “Therefore.” So what is it “there for”? The solution and a very familiar verse:
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Matthew 6:33 HCSB
All those “things” we worry about God provides for us if we seek His kingdom and righteousness first. First? Yes, instead of first worrying about things, we seek God’s kingship and righteousness first.
Someone observed, “Today is the Tomorrow you worried about Yesterday.”
Worry is all about putting “things” first instead of God’s will. Remember Jesus’ instructions on how to pray:
Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10 HCSB
How do we “seek first the kingdom of God?” We seek to do His will on earth today! That’s an all-encompassing focus that takes up all our attention today. When we focus on doing His kingdom work today, we are not focused on the “things” that will “trouble” us tomorrow.
Jesus is in the life-changing business!
Our Father, we confess our sins of worry and ask your forgiveness. Thank-you that we don’t need to worry. The “things” of this world are temporary. Your word and kingdom will last forever! We ask for your ever-present Spirit to teach to live by faith, not by worry.