Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. – Matthew 6:25
Of all the sayings of Jesus this one is probably the one that goes against most of our grains. A polite reaction might be to say, “it’s counter intuitive.” A more blunt way we react to it is to say, “that’s easy for him to say.” We grow up surrounded by a Madison Avenue world that’s all about food, drink, and clothes, along with a million other material things we “can’t live or be happy without.” If you’ve ever lost a job and can’t find work these words hardly bring comfort or reduce anxiety. Yet despite all the worldly pressures on the material, in our hearts we yearn for Jesus’s words to come true for each of us.
No man or woman ever sunk under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow’s s burden, and next week’s, and the next month’s are added to our load, that we feel we carry more than we can bear.
Here’s a suggestion when anxiety about the future and the material begin to weigh. First remember, it is our own doing, not God’s. He begs you to leave the future to him, and mind only the day. Second, hand it over, heave it with all your might to God. Trust him with all your anxieties about tomorrow. He can handle it, where you can’t.