Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. –Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
I have prayed through this verse many times but have only recently grasped the full meaning of it. Sure, God supplies all the wisdom and strength we could possibly need to do what He has called us to do. However, He doesn’t give it all at once – we couldn’t handle it. Instead, the Lord supplies us strength and wisdom a little at a time.
After all, we consume a lot of food in a lifetime, but it would be ridiculous for us to think we could eat it all in one sitting. It’s the same principle with each day that we live in Christ – He gives us enough wisdom and strength that will be sufficient for TODAY. For the challenges you’ll face today. The opposition you’ll come up against today. The temptations today. The decisions that will face you today. He provides all the strength, wisdom, energy, and opportunities that you’ll need…for today.
But here’s the deal – He supplies enough for today and today only, so you can either use it or lose it. You can’t roll over what God has supplied for today. This promise in Matthew 6 is one that we should cling to AND be spurred on by – when others around you are so concerned about upcoming conflicts, responsibilities, deadlines, graduations, and plans – sure we need to think about and pray on those things, but it’s important for you to realize that God hasn’t given you enough strength today to walk through every day that is coming up; He will provide that energy and wisdom EXACTLY when you need it and not one second before.
And I have to say – for this planning, to-do list, calendar-loving, organized pastor…that’s great news. Tomorrow will worry about itself – plan and pray over it. But today…you have a fresh empowerment from the Lord to handle anything and everything that comes into your life FOR TODAY.
If you’re scared to death, if you feel overwhelmed, or you’re worried sick over what’s going on in your life right now – meditate and pray through this verse. Claim its promise. Tonight, I guarantee you’ll evaluate your day and realize that you had JUST ENOUGH strength for the day. God is truly sufficient.