Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34
Key verse: (34) “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Reflection: Jesus, the rabbi comedian, finishes his beautiful and reflective sermon on worry and material possessions with a killer one liner. I read this line and laugh every time because it’s funny, unexpected and true. Today, a Monday no less, will have its problems. The unexpected will be encountered, boredom will need to be endured, challenges overcome. I pray you have little of any of that, but you know, stuff happens.
What makes Jesus’ words helpful and hopeful, is that he is honest. His instructions to us are how to live in the real world, with real problems and despite our love of reducing them to magnets and bumper stickers (Don’t worry, be happy!), his words are not easy to live out or always trust. Jesus understands that, acknowledges our troubles, yet still encourages us to embrace his way of trust and simplicity. It is possible Jesus suggests, that day by day and hour by hour (some days minute by minute) we can let go of our worry and fear and replace it with a deeper and more generous trusting of God.
Let’s try. And fail. And try again. Our Lord is patient, funny and ever present. He’s worth trusting.
Prayer: In you Lord, I place my trust today. Amen.
Author: Derek Macleod
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].