May 142020

“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:34)

Matthew 6:25–34 is oftentimes framed as Jesus’ teaching about worry. “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear,” Jesus says (v. 25). “Look at the birds of the air . . . Consider the lilies of the field . . . Therefore do not worry,” Jesus exhorts (vv. 26, 28, 31). “So do not worry about tomorrow,” Jesus commands (v. 34). The sheer repetition of the theme of worry leaves little doubt that fear, anxiety, and worry were prevalent among Jesus’ followers – and the same is surely true today.

But there’s more to the story here. This teaching is easier said than done. That’s why Jesus redirects our attention away from fear, anxiety, and worry toward the kingdom of God. Building the kingdom of God eliminates the need for worry because in the kingdom of God, anyone and everyone has anything and everything they need. “But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (v. 33). – rc

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