“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:34)
This rather famous quote comes from one of our passages for this coming weekend as we will be considering the line in the Lord’s Prayer – give us this day our daily bread. The passage from Luke we will explore focuses on the importance of sharing our resources with others in need. This passage from Matthew takes a different trek through the importance of trust in our faith.
Every day, we must make the conscious decision to once again accept our role in God’s kingdom. For some of us, that role comes through our specific profession. For others, it comes through our hobbies and outside interests. For everyone: God has ways we can serve the kingdom, here and now, right in our midst.
As we look to that vocation, it should not surprise us that sometimes the cares of the world – and specifically simply having enough daily resources – can weigh on us. We worry that we will not have enough for the days, weeks, months, or years to come. These are completely understandable, realistic, and important concerns.
Jesus is not saying, in this passage, that if we just trust in God and sit on our tails then everything will get done for us. There are countless jokes about that misunderstanding for a reason.
On the contrary, as the old saying goes, “faith can move mountains, but don’t be surprised if God hands you a shovel.”
The promise of this passage is that if we are trusting in God and seeking to fulfill our role in God’s kingdom – as the sparrow fills hers – then we do not worry about what we will need. In the work, God will provide opportunities for the resources we need and opportunities for good stewardship of those same resources over time. Our daily bread will be there if we are about God’s kingdom (which is a constant work in progress).
Jesus is also pointing out that worrying does not make our day any better. It is a distraction that taxes our minds, bodies, and spirits of the strength we need to fulfill our vocation. Focus on what challenges we can or need to grapple with – tomorrow’s can wait.
One final piece to this puzzle: this passage is the basis for the beloved hymn, “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” which has been inspiring several generations by poignantly expressing how close our God is to us in our living. May this arrangement of it be a moment of inspiration to you as you press on towards the goals God has set before you.