As I was reading my Bible this morning I was in Matthew reading the Sermon on the Mount. The phrase, “tomorrow will worry about itself” stopped me in my tracks because I have definitely been worrying about tomorrow.
I’ve been stressing myself out over something that’s going to happen on Friday this week. There’s nothing I can do to change it, but I’m definitely not trusting God with it.
And the Sermon on the Mount has a lot to say about trusting God instead of being anxious.
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?Matthew 6:27 NIV
Worry Doesn’t Help Anything
Instead of my stress sessions adding anything to my life, they are stealing it. They are stealing my peace and scratching at my faith.
Instead of leaning into Jesus and trusting Him that everything will work itself out, I’m shouldering a burden that isn’t mine to carry.
Do you ever do that?
Do you hold onto your worries instead of letting tomorrow worry about itself?
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Not that this was the first time I read Matthew 6, it wasn’t. But the Bible is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12), it speaks to us in the moment and it’s like we are reading it for the first time.
So today, God is teaching me anew how to let go of my anxiety and trust Him with my worries.
4 Things To Do When You Forget Tomorrow Will Worry About Itself
If you’re anything like me, you struggle with anxiety in a million different ways. It could be your children, finances, and/or something entirely different. It’s not so much what we’re stressing about, as much as it is the fact we are stressing at all.
So when you find yourself stressing and realize you’ve forgotten that tomorrow will worry about itself, I encourage you to do the following:
Worry is a sin. It’s a lack of trust in God. So this morning when I realized how much I’ve been stressing, I took that stress before God and confessed it as the sin that it was. I’m not saying that licked my worry problem, but it was a step in the right direction.
The next thing I did was ask God to give me peace and to help me trust Him with my worries.
Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” I love that Scripture because God wants to carry what is weighing us down and when we let Him shoulder our problems, it’s like a huge weight is lifted off ourselves.
That’s what prayer does. It takes the pressure and stress off of us and leaves them at the foot of the cross.
After that, I have to live out that trust. Trusting that God is capable of handling my problems. The truth is, I know what will happen on Friday, I know there is probably nothing I can do to stop it. But it will only last for a moment. Life will go on. It’s not the end of the world. And I can trust God to get me through whatever comes my way.
Finally, I have to repeat steps 1-3. Because I’ll find myself worrying again later. I’ll forget that tomorrow will worry about itself and start stressing again. That’s just the way it happens. Learning to trust God is a process. It’s not something we can muster up the strength to accomplish in a day, but something we have to practice every moment of every day.
Join the Conversation
I don’t know where today finds you, but I would imagine you are probably worried about something. First, I’d love to pray with you. You can drop your prayer requests in the comments below or contact me privately. But also, I want to encourage you to go through the steps above. Read Matthew 6:25-34 for yourself. Remember that life is better when we are trusting Jesus come what may. And when we remember that tomorrow will worry about itself.