“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).
“I’ll bear the sorrow that comes tomorrow; but I’ll borrow none today.” Why? Why not worry “just a little bit” today and, you know, get a handle on what to expect tomorrow? Two reasons come to mind:
- We don’t have grace for tomorrow–until it arrives. Grace gives us value, power and hope. The Israelites were given manna “as much as needed” (Exodus 16:18) on a daily basis. There were to be no leftovers (v. 19). In the same way, believers can help themselves to all the grace they need just for today. Tomorrow there will be a fresh supply–all that is needed.
- It has to do with worry. And worry is a sin. It is unbelief, a form of idolatry. Jesus’ words, “Do not worry about tomorrow” means DO NOT WORRY. It is a command, not a suggestion. And we do have “enough trouble” for today anyway! Who wants more? Who wants to borrow tomorrow’s sorrow today?
So if we try to get enough power and grace to handle tomorrow’s problems today we become weary, frustrated, disappointed and disillusioned.
Someone has said: “A big worry drives out a small one. And since there is always a bigger worry coming along, you have nothing to worry about.”
Worry just does not meet our needs, now or ever. Our need is to trust God. In fact, when we worry it is a good indication there are areas in our lives where we are failing to trust Him, relying on our own strength instead, or some external factors.
The One who so loved us as to die for us can be absolutely trusted with the lives He has saved! He wants to do us good!
“May Your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in You” (Psalm 33:22). Hope is confident expectation in the character and power of our God. Even in the midst of the most trying circumstances, He is our hope and confidence. God wants us to cast our care, and His work is to take care (1 Peter 5:7).
There’s a stream of trouble across my path;
It is dark and deep and wide.
Bitter the hour the future hath
When I cross its swelling tide.
But I smile and sing and say:
“I will hope and trust alway;
I’ll bear the sorrow that comes tomorrow;
But I’ll borrow none today.”—from Streams in the Desert