How do we live for today?
In today’s world of work, and just life in general, we often have to travel away from home. Being away can be a worrying experience – and it’s not even that the things that worry us are bad things. Many of us are concerned about our children and loved ones back at home; will they get up on time, will they eat well, or even, might something dreadful befall them in our absence?
Coming to a place of realising that there is very little we can do to influence these potential outcomes can be a hard-won battle – it can be hard to accept that all of that worrying and imagining won’t change those possibilities of what might happen.
Of course, we can help ourselves by taking practical steps – texting or calling our nearest and dearest is a simple and helpful thing – but if worrying about the unchangeable becomes our priority, then that isn’t the best way to live for God and live for today. The bible shows us that God knows our worries and seeks to show us his peace.
Matthew 6 v 33-34
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.
These verses are a part of the account of Jesus’ life known as the Sermon on the Mount; he is speaking to crowds of people on a hill near Galilee. Jesus spends time teaching those people how to seek for the true richness of life that is to be found in living a life trusting in the Lord God.
Jesus teaches about a way of life that puts God first, and from that place of trust, comes life in all its fulness; as Jesus promised.
Life can be so full of worry; we can worry about the things of our everyday so much, that it stunts our joy in living as God promises. Jesus points us away from a life of perpetually worrying about the next thing, and invites us to make him the priority in our life… “therefore do not worry about tomorrow”.
Each day brings challenges to overcome, but as we follow Jesus, we can place those worries at his feet, knowing that he cares for us and blesses us with his peace.
Putting it into Practice
1. What is the worry that keeps you up at night; the thing that eats away at the joy and peace that trusting in God can bring? Take time to reflect on how this impacts your life and your choices.
2. Pray this through with a friend or family member that you trust. Together, pray that you would be able to give those worries to God, and give thanks that he is the peace-bringer.