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Two Things About Tomorrow

Updated on August 31, 2015

Matthew 6:30-34

“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? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, “What shall we eat? Or “what shall we drink?” or “what shall we wear?” ……and 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 added to you.

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”- Matthew 6:30-34 (ESV)

1. Do Not Worry About It

  • 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?”

It’s an insult to our Lord to think that He is able to faithfully provide for the needs of the grass of the field and not with ours. God doesn’t think twice whether He will provide our needs or not, so nor should we. It is a promise that God has given and God never break His promises. And remember that God is not pleased with lack of faith. For lack of faith is a form of denial of God’s perfection, a disrespectful and unworthy response to our all-powerful, sovereign Heavenly Father. Also, take note that lack of faith is not to God’s demerit but ours.

“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? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, “What shall we eat? Or “what shall we drink?” or “what shall we wear?” ……and 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 added to you.

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”- Matthew 6:30-34 (ESV)


  • “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, “What shall we eat? Or “what shall we drink?” or “what shall we wear?” ……and 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 added to you.”

How wonderful it is to know that God knows everything about us, down to the smallest detail. Why shouldn’t He? He is the one who created us in the first place, right? Therefore questioning God is downright a foolish sin.

While it is good to come into prayer to God to tell Him of our needs and entrust it to Him; it is, on the other hand, a wrong motion to question Him whether He knows our needs and if He can or will provide it. If He knew our need for salvation and our hopelessness to attain it by ourselves then how much more would He be well aware of about the nitty-gritty of our lives? God is an all-knowing God, He knows everything and by everything, I mean everything.

~“He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”- Romans 8:32 (KJV)~

“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? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, “What shall we eat? Or “what shall we drink?” or “what shall we wear?” ……and 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 added to you.

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”- Matthew 6:30-34 (ESV)


Seek God First

Now let’s move on to the next statement, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.”

Christians have this tendency to go crazy about God’s wonderful promises yet fail to commit themselves into obeying God’s righteous conditions. And God’s promise about providing for all our needs comes with a condition that we are to seek Him first. It means that we are to make Him our first priority each day. Seeking Him first means that we are to put His kingdom first. it meant keeping His words and commandments. It means putting obedience before our jobs and holiness before our dreams. Not just when it comes to our needs but in everything, God must be first. And when we obey that, God promises that He will take care of the rest. If there’s one thing that we need to be pre-occupied with from day to day, it should be our desire, by God’s grace, to seek Him first.

~“Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”-James 4:15(ESV)~

One Day At A Time

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

We already have enough on our plate for a day so it is nothing but self-harm to carry along the load of tomorrow. Isn’t our God so gracious? The reason that He doesn’t want us to worry about tomorrow is for our own good. Because if He did command us to consider tomorrow while it is today then many of us will look like eighty in our twenties.

Every new day is an opportunity to experience God in new ways without the noise of yesterday and protected from the worries of tomorrow. But it doesn’t mean that we should be careless with our future, the point is to trust God day by day and not be consumed by “fearing” and “over thinking” on what could happen tomorrow. Just trust God, seek Him first and do something, and do it for His glory.

I remember a beautiful song, that was written based on this promise of God, which goes like this, “I don’t know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day…..I don’t worry o’er the future for I know what Jesus said. And today I’ll walk beside Him, for He knows what is ahead. Many things about tomorrow, I don’t seem to understand but I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand.”


2. It Is Never Promised


“Make every day count for the Lord.”

“Oh Lord make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!”-Psalm 39:4

Our life here on earth unlike our coming life with the Lord is only for a limited time. Our life here on earth is also a privilege to serve the Lord for only a given period of time. We must not take our new life in Christ for granted because the moment we were born again, every second is now and should be counted for the Lord.

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”- Ephesians 5:15-16 (ESV)

“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks….You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”-Luke 12:35, 40 (ESV)

His Will Be Done

  • Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”- Ephesians 5:15-16 (ESV)


The scripture exhorts us to walk in wisdom, we simply cannot allow foolishness to take over. So what is wisdom? Wisdom is God and comes from God. It is obeying Him, fearing Him and desiring to walk in His ways, to walk in holiness. Wisdom is simply taking refuge in God’s words and keeping His commandments while foolishness is the exact opposite.

Given that we are aware of how our life is but a vapor and that the Lord’s revealed will for us is to be holy and live for Him; we shouldn’t spend too much time pondering over what to write in our to do list for each day. In addition, we are not just to use our time but to make the best use of it. Once time has passed we can never get it back but the wonderful part is that there will always be time…for now.

So don’t wait for tomorrow to forgive, to love, to listen, to ask forgiveness, to smile and to give. God has given us the gift of today so let’s not waste it. We must not be too preoccupied about tomorrow that we end up being absent today. It’s a tragedy if we will choose to not see the importance and immediacy of today.

For who knows if today will be the last day of our life here on earth. We should never dodge the question, “What if tomorrow won’t be there?” because it is a reality we are to face faithfully and confidently. We should be able to boldly say, “I will live for the Lord as long as He keeps me alive. So if I’m alive today, then praise God! I still have the privilege to live for Him and be used by Him. For if I live as He wills, I live for His glory and if I die as He wills, I will die for His glory.”

We must not be disoriented of our ultimate purpose and chief end; and that is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

Be Ready!

  • Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks….You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”-Luke 12:35, 40 (ESV)


As soldiers of Christ we are to be armed and ready for battle every moment of our lives. We have no off-duties, we are always on duty. We were not put here for a vacation as tourists but for a mission as pilgrims. Sure we have earthy responsibilities and we should do it diligently for God’s glory but it doesn’t end there. We have a high and holy calling, and that is to preach the gospel and make disciples of all nations. To be holy as He is holy, to be the salt and light of the earth and to spread the fragrance of His knowledge. And all these we ought to do every day.


It will be humiliating and shameful if our Commander when He returns, finds us in our summer outfit building sand castles with a cold drink on our hand when we should be inside our battle gear fighting on the battlefield. This is probably one of the reasons why God didn’t revealed to us when He will return. I can only imagine how convenient it would’ve been for Christians if only we knew when our Lord will come back. I mean we can easily set dates for our “vacations” and then carefully plan the days for our “running the race.” Oh! I still have 3 years until the Lord comes back, so I guess its okay for me to take a little break. Besides, I will make sure that I will be back on the race a month or a week or a day or 2 before He returns. But God knows full well that that is not how faith works.


Therefore, we must keep going no matter how painful it will be. We must not be discouraged when we fail. We must persevere and just keep obeying, keep trusting, keep praying, keep reading, keep worshipping, keep the faith! There should be a joyful anticipation in each one of us that one day, one glorious and promised day, we will receive the reward of our faith; and that is to be with God in heaven for all eternity. That is why the bible ensures us that our labor for the Lord is not in vain.


Remember

In conclusion we must keep in mind 2 things about tomorrow;

  1. We should not be anxious about it. God is our sovereign and gracious Lord, He knows all our needs and He will provide. But we are commanded to seek Him first. No excuses. It’s either we obey or disobey.
  2. Tomorrow is never promised. That’s why we are to live each day for the Lord. And that should be our first and fixed agenda every day. Only one life so soon shall pass and only what’s done for Christ will last.


Soli Deo Gloria

-apG

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the inspiration and the message of hope in your article: "God knows everything about us, down to the smallest detail." "Our labor for the Lord is not in vain." This is for me, right now.

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