Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.  NIV

This is one that I hear quoted a lot.  People often say, “don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have enough trouble of its own.”  That phrase taken out of context really makes no sense to a true worrier … “Oh dear,” one thinks, “do you know something I don’t know about trouble that will be happening tomorrow?  What could possibly happen that would be bad tomorrow?”  And so, the cycle begins, a list of possible calamities is mentally made and then faithfully worried over.

But, when you look at this verse in the context of all of the verses that come before it in Matthew (several of which I’ve looked at over the past two weeks), this verse is an affirmative assurance of God’s sovereign control.  The Message translates this verse so beautifully, “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.  God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”  The Message

That’s my prayer today, that I will give my entire attention to what God is doing right now.  He is at work and I want to be in His will.  I will be listening for His voice and awaiting His guidance as I walk through today, each today, one today at a time.

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