What does the phrase “Do not worry about tomorrow” mean?

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“Do Not Worry About Tomorrow”

In the sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34). Too many people allow themselves to be possessed by the worries of tomorrow before tomorrow ever comes. Each day brings its own worry and care, and the wise person is he, who learns not to bear tomorrow’s burdens before they come.

God knows all about tomorrow; we know not “what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). And He who knows all about tomorrow asks us to have faith in His constant watch care and to “take … no [anxious] thought” concerning its problems and fears. Thus, believers can be free from worry in the midst of the most troubling situations, fully comforted that He who does everything well (Mark 7:37) will make all things “work together for good” (Romans 8:28).

My Grace Is Sufficient

Christians should ever remember that God does not give help for tomorrow’s trials until tomorrow comes; and it is their duty to learn each passing day the truth of Christ’s words to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Christ more than meets the believers’ needs with an abundant provision of grace. He has never promised to change circumstances or free men from trouble. He doesn’t release people from trials, but He provides them with grace to endure it.

Inward strength to endure is a far greater example of the divine grace than outward control of the hardships of life. Outwardly a man may be worn and tired, yet inwardly it is his privilege—in Christ—to have perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3, 4). There is no such thing as security, away from God.

God Cares

The best cure for worry is trust in God. Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things” (Matthew 6:31, 32). The important things should receive the greater attention which is life itself. Food, important as it is, is not an end in itself, but rather a means to the end of supporting life. The man whose main purpose is to get food and clothing has missed the most important thing in life.

The Lord added, “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26). Man doesn’t provide for the wild birds. It is God who provides for them. At the same time, the Lord requires that they do their part by foraging for their food.

The great goal in man’s existence is that he “should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him” (Acts 17:27). Therefore, Jesus stressed, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). Most people are busy in working “for the food which perishes” (John 6:27), for the water for which, when they drink, they will thirst again (John 4:13). The majority “spend money for that which is not bread” and their “wages for what does not satisfy?” (Isaiah 55:2).

Humans tend to make “all these [material] things” the primary goal of their lives, wishing that at the end of their lives the Lord will give them eternal life. But Christ would have us put Him, and promises us that the things of lesser value will be granted to each according to his need. If we do our role faithfully, if we seek the kingdom of heaven first, God will take care of our needs. He will “anoint” our heads with oil, and our cup will be filled with blessings (Psalms 23:6).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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