“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:34 NLT)
“And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. (Luke 12:29-31 NLT)
Out of all of the commands Jesus gives, this is probably the most difficult for me personally. My mom might say that I have inherited that trait from her, however, it’s clear humans have been battling this fear since soon after we got kicked out of the garden of Edan. But all joking aside, I do understand how this is a real fear at times. There really have been days, even lately, that I can honestly say “I’m not sure where my next meal will come from.” However, there are several reasons why we shouldn’t let this fear consume our thoughts.
The primary reason is because God promises his provision and protection. He said to His people that He will never leave them nor forsake them (Deuteronomy 31:6). And friend if you can believe anybody’s promises, you can believe God’s. Let’s look how He has supplied for his people’s needs in the past:
First up is the Israelites when He brought them out of Egypt. Among other things, He supplied them with water, and mana. That was fine for a while, then they complained about not having meat. Even though he didn’t appreciate their lack of gratitude he gave them quail. (Psalm 78:15-16, Psalm 78:23-29)
He also supplied for the needs of Elijah for a while. First by raven’s bringing him bread and meat (1 Kings 17:2-6), then by the help of a widow in which God worked a miracle by supplying for both Elijah and for the widow and her son (1 Kings 17:7-16). (Side note: maybe the suffering you’re going through right now is to help supply for someone else who needs it later on.)
Then he also supplied for the needs of another widow after Elisha had prophesied to her by giving her an abundance of oil so she could go pay her debts. (2 Kings 4:1-7)
These are but a few rare cases, but it shows you that God can and will supply what you need, even if he has to do it in the supernatural way. However, I must say that I believe God longs more to do this type of supernatural work by way of his people. Just look how Paul was cared for by the people of Philippi. (Philippians 4:15-18) Therefore I believe this is one of the reasons one must be a part of a good body of believers. For how can anyone help you back on your feet if you are not surround by people that God may call to do so?
Doubt most assuredly comes from the enemy, why just look at what he said to Eve, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”, he wanted her to start doubting God’s character. However it’s not a sin until you act upon that doubt. As most things in life I think God allows those questions to come to our mind in order to confront them. To dig deeper and to seek out the Truth. John Sperling said it best when he stated, “The troubles we walk through are intended to raise these questions because high on God’s list is that you and I confront his character. Who is God to you? So that you can stand on your own and say, “I may not know what’s going on, but I know that my God is faithful, I know that he will not leave me nor forsake me.”
The problem comes when we put so much brain power, and so much of our time stressing over “Whatever shall we do?” that it becomes an idol. That’s right an idol. We are lead to believe that your current provisions are not enough, and that God’s past behavior is no indication of his future promises.
Jesus told us how to pray, he said to tell God to, “give us, this day, our daily bread.” He will supply bread for THIS DAY, this moment. He didn’t say give us our weekly rations, or our monthly allowance, no he told us to only be concerned about this day. We are never promised more than today. Each of us cannot know the time, or the hour when we’ll be called from this life. So why should you waist your life and energy on the “tomorrow” that never really comes?
So choose today by an act of your will to believe God’s promises are better than what the fears of the enemy are leading you to believe.
Scriptures to meditate on:
2 Thessalonians 3:16
1 Peter 5:6-8