Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34
As we saw last week, our souls are eternal and our bodies are terminal. Our lives here on earth are merely temporary. So, as Jesus explained where our treasures should be stored, He then says, “Therefore I say to you…”. He is about to tie everything together in a practical way.
The biggest and most important concept to understand is that humans are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). We are His highest form of creation. Yes, the birds and grass are also His creation, but they are not His highest. Jesus is simplifying it for His disciples: God will take care of His creation, especially something that is a direct reflection of Him.
That alone can cast all anxiety, stress, and worry from our hearts. (1 Peter 5:7) Knowing the direct relationship we have with our Creator, can direct our thoughts and emotions back to Him. Our greatest call in life is to lay everything at His feet and leave it there. Oftentimes, I will be praying for a situation, but never really leave it. I continue to carry the burden after I pray. Personally, I think it is because I will insert myself as the solution instead of first inserting Jesus.
Your mind might jump to defend those who are suffering deeply or trudging through major life trials because, surely, those people have something to worry about. The thing is, when you talk to people in the midst of suffering, they often see and feel God in a certain depth that we cannot grasp from the outside looking in. Britton Neese was one of those people. From time to time, I would send her devotions and she lovingly would respond to each one. One of the last times we talked about a devotion, she responded with this statement, “Suffering is definitely part of one’s spiritual journey, and I dare say without it, very few get to certain depths with God (my opinion, of course).”
It is often that those who suffer much, gain a deeper understanding of who God is, thus allowing worries and stress of this life to be directed back to our faithful Father. Tomorrow will bring its own worries and troubles. We only need to focus on today while taking each step with Jesus. No matter what tomorrow brings, His grace is sufficient for us. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Jesus is explicit about His directions: If we are seeking the Kingdom first, then all those things will be added unto us. It ultimately keeps our hearts and minds in check. Circumstances of this life can feel overwhelming, confusing, and disheartening. But, if we seek first the Kingdom, then we won’t give into the ways of this world. We will be storing our treasures in Heaven. We will be living a life that is reflecting our souls’ eternal state.
All in all, worry and anxiety and fear will fall by the wayside when we understand Who our image reflects and when we continually seek Him first. There is nothing too big for God. There is nothing to small for God. My hope is that we see our life in light of who He is and leave our worries where they belong: at the feet of our Creator.