Friday, October 10, 2008

Tomorrow

October 10: Matthew 5-7

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:25-34

Tomorrow

Matthew 5-7, otherwise known as The Sermon on the Mount, is one of the most thought provoking messages spoken directly by Christ, Himself. Its message is timeless! When He finished speaking, the Bible tells us:

28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.
Matthew 7:28-29

It would be a good passage for meditation.

Matthew 6:25-34, shown above, seems to offer a summary of the spirit of the entire sermon.

Worry--how much time and effort do we spend worrying about tomorrow? As the song says,
Tomorrow may never come!" But, even if it does come, what benefit did all of our worrying produce? What things do we tend to worry about? We worry about money, food, a place to live, how our children will turn out, etc.

What did Christ say about clothing?

28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

What about food?

26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

What about worry in general?

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

Christ's conclusion is:

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

So, what are we to do? Worry just seems a natural part of our lives; actually it is definitely a sign of our sin nature trying to poke its ugly head foremost in our lives. Christ tells us, that instead of worry, we are to seek Him.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

There it is--Christ is all! So, what about tomorrow? Christ will take care of tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that, etc. until the end of time. Ah--what peace we have in Christ!

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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