“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 NIV
Whenever you see the word ‘therefore’ in the Bible, you can be sure it is ‘there for’ a very special reason. Rick Warren asked the question in his book The Purpose Driven Life, “What is your life metaphor?” I pictured the plate spinner at the circus. Between my husband, kids, job, friends and service duties, it seems one plate is always wobbling! I focus my attention on the current unstable area and out of the corner of my eye I spot another careening to the floor.
No matter how hard I try, someone or something reminds me that my attention is not evenly distributed. I remember one afternoon dropping to my knees in total exhaustion and wailing, “It’s never enough!”
Isn’t it interesting that it took an empty me to finally collapse into the position God had been longing to see me in? In Jeremiah 1:8 God promises, “…I am with you to deliver you.” And in Matthew 6:33 the key is found to eliminate exhaustion: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.”
Does that mean that plates will never crash if we seek him first? No, it means we will never crash. The promise is to deliver you!
Oswald Chambers says, “We put our common sense on the throne and then attach God’s name to it.” Possessions and people let us down and often cause heartache and turmoil, however when our focus is on the Maker, our complaining turns to continuing steadily on.
In the key verse Jesus is telling us, if your priority is seeking Him and His righteousness first, then there is no reason to worry at all about wobbly situations in your life, for our Deliverer will keep us steady. "Therefore, don't worry."
Jesus, thank You for caring about details. Help me today to stop worrying about the unstable things in my life and focus first on my relationship with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.