Worry is a very natural part of the human experience. We worry about our health, kids, jobs, and future. We rationalize it in all kinds of ways. “I’m not worried; I’m just concerned.” “It’s natural for me to worry because I care.” But none of these excuses change the fact that we often worry about things we cannot control, and we do so in disobedience to the word of God.
Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life, for tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34 NASB). It is appropriate for us to be concerned about those that we love (2Cor. 11:28) and to plan for the future (Prov. 24:27). But when we worry we say with our hearts, even if not with our mouths, that we do not trust God to handle it. We may claim we believe in Christ, but worry says we do not have confidence in Him.
There really are only two days that should preoccupy us, two days that matter enough to dominate our thinking and concern: today and that day. Today is the only day we know we have (Jas. 4:13-17. Our lives are frail and fleeting; none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. Our primary concern should be to live for Christ today, to be faithful on this day, and leave worries about tomorrow to God. The second day that should preoccupy us, that day, is the day we see Jesus and stand before Him to give account of our lives here (2Cor. 5:10). The hope of being with Him one day and seeing Him “as He is” will inspire greater holiness and consecration (1John 3:2-3). Today is important because it is the only day I know I will have an opportunity to serve and glorify God, and that day is most important – I should live today so as to be prepared for that day, whenever it comes.
Many Christians are paralyzed by regrets about yesterday and fears about tomorrow. But I cannot do anything about yesterday. My sins and the shame of what was then are covered by Christ’s blood. I cannot be certain of tomorrow, and Jesus forbids me to worry about it. But I have today, and to the best of my ability, with the help of God’s Spirit and the power of His grace, I must live my life today as one who is living for that day. O Lord come! -JME