“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink,
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds in the sky;
they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns,
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are not you more important than they?
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.
They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was clothed like one of them.
If God so clothes the grass of the field,
which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’
or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides.
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”
Do you, like I, sometimes fret about what lies ahead in your future? Will our finances be secure? Will our health be preserved or our illnesses be cured or at least managed? How will our families and loved ones fare? How will we manage in our old age, alone, without family or friends?
One attribute that distinguishes us from animals is that humans have a sense of time — of past, present, and future. Being human, we think about the future, and if we are sensible and prudent, we plan for that future. As we should, because when God made us, He gave us many gifts and expects us to fully use them, including the wisdom of forward-planning and the intelligence to make those plans.
The above passage from Matthew 6, therefore, is not a permission or excuse to live recklessly and fecklessly. Rather, Matthew 6 is a reminder that, after we have, to the best of our abilities, planned for our futures, we are to entrust the rest to God. As Isaiah 49:15 reminds us:
Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me;
my LORD has forgotten me.”
Can a mother forget her infant,
be without tenderness for the child of her womb?
Even should she forget,
I will never forget you.
So the next time you and I find ourselves fretting about what the future will bring, say these 5 words:
Jesus, I trust in You.
And may the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you, always,