“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things” (Matthew 6:34)
October 6, 2021
Wariness is a huge obstruction in Christian faith and diligence in spiritual life. It creates doubtful thoughts in our mind hindering from good deeds and failure for sinful acts. As our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things” leaning more on our faith in God, we shall not worry about any circumstances in life that tomorrow might bring since our existence is by the will of God. (Matthew 6:34)
Anxiety varies from place to place and from person to person. Economic instability is a common cause of stress in some places where basic needs are not met. On the other hand, in the “civilized” countries where many of their citizens live luxury life, such things as prostitution, addiction, singing, etc., that begin to bring happiness, end up in a state of uncontrollable conflict of conscience. Sadly, the answer to that question is often the opposite. The answer to their question, “Why do I live?” is “for No reason,”
What worries you? What you eat and drink or what to wear?
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Gospel preached, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” This is exactly what our God has told us not to say, “What should I eat? What should I drink?” As it said, “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”(Matthew 6:25-26)
For those of us who believe that God, the Creator of the universe, is also a steward, food and drink are not a matter of concern. This does not mean that there is no role for us. We shall be as a farmer and God will play the part of his deity. Plowing and cultivating the land is the responsibility of our farmers to sow the seeds of faith in the hearts of the earth. It is part of God’s purpose to provide our food with “the rain and the sun.” Serving five loaves and two fish is our responsibility. Causative to this and feeding his children is God’s stewardship. So don’t worry. It is said, “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” It was when our father, Adam, broke the law, that his robe of grace was taken off, and he felt naked and cut a leaf. His body was hidden in the trees of Paradise. Today, when we are alienated from God’s grace, we are not contented. We are not satisfied with drinking, nor are we bright. So let us strive to find grace of God. “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.” (Psalm 126:5)
Let us not grieve the way of grace that we may rejoice in the grace of God. Sometimes we worry about all these things. Lord Jesus said in the gospel, “Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” This rich man would not have harmed himself. But he was preoccupied with food and drink for his own sake without thinking of the poor. He was badly hurt because he did not honor the God who helped him to succeed, so don’t worry. (Luke 16:16-21)
Don’t know why you have to live?
We are living on earth to rest in heaven. Eternity is within us because we are created in God’s image and likeness. So we are tempted, not by eternal damnation, but by eternal glory. Earth was not are dwelling in the first place for our inheritance is Paradise. We are here for limited period of time. It is stated accordingly, “Behold, this is the days of the years of our life that we may live. It is a maximum of eighty years. Have you sought God and lost?” (Jubilee 17፡15)
As Saint David admired saying, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend into heaven, you are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me,” We admired that too. Where is a place without him? “He is the One who created the heavens and the earth. There is no ancient God. It is not long, it is not tall. It has no right, no gram, no middle ground, but He is all over the world. The conscience of all the angels is hidden, No one knows his character; And no one can count on His hand. ” (Saint Gregory)
God in His glory is far removed from the conscience of creatures. No one can reach be bale to reach up to Him by thinks and worrying. But God is close to all those righteous and love. Of course; God helps us when we awake seeking for Him diligently and lovingly. Let’s meditate on the song of the wise King for a moment?! “By night on my bed I sought the one I love; I sought him, but I did not find him. “I will rise now,” I said, “And go about the city; In the streets and in the squares I will seek the one I love.” I sought him, but I did not find him. The watchmen who go about the city found me; I said, “Have you seen the one I love?” Scarcely had I passed by them, when I found the one I love. I held him and would not let him go, until I had brought him to the house of my mother, And into the chamber of her who conceived me.” Our crier was unanswered and there may be times when we are lost, but let us continue to search; let’s ask our Patristic Fathers for they really know the address. Finally, we find God within us, not from outside, but from within. We leave with love of God. So don’t worry! (Songs 3:1-4)