A Promise of Provision

Read: Matthew 6:31-34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (v. 34 NIV)

Worry is like a ravenous wolf. It gobbles at sleep. It consumes our focus, stealing attention from what is really important right now. It robs us of joy. It tears at relationships with those we love. When we fall prey to its clutches, our eyes lock on what we fear. We forget ways in which God delivered us in the past and promises he’s made for our future. Like Peter, sinking in the waves, we see only imminent danger, not the imminent triumph of God over our fears.

Jesus taught his friends that the antidote to worry is keeping our eyes on the kingdom of God—lifting our eyes from the waves, making kingdom-living our prize, and being right with God our goal. Seek the kingdom of God above all else and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need (v. 33). It’s about what we focus on: if we concentrate on God and the ways we’re walking on water today, the joy of that miracle eclipses thoughts of tomorrow’s trouble—and because of today’s miracles, our confidence in God’s faithfulness makes us better ready for whatever lies ahead.

So don’t give in to worry. God has made provision for the things you need. Rest in the promise, give thanks, and save your energy for the work he’s given you to do for the kingdom today. —Amy Clemens

As you pray, thank God for the promise of provision, forsaking worry and giving full attention to God’s will for you today.

About the Author

With a bachelors in journalism from Texas Tech University and a masters from Western Theological Seminary, Amy Clemens enjoys all things writing, particularly about the life of faith. She is blessed with a family that includes husband Fred, five children, and five grandchildren.

Amy has just published her first book, "Walking When You'd Rather Fly: Meditations on Faith After the Fall," which weaves her journey from childhood abuse toward healing and spiritual growth with a practical theology for the big story of God. You can find out more about the book and author at walkingwhenyoudratherfly.com.

This entry is part 4 of 16 in the series Promises of God