Monday, January 8: Do not worry about tomorrow
We return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Matthew, which emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his status as the Messiah—as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.
Read Matthew 6:33-34
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Jesus has just warned us of the danger of being overly concerned with possessions or even daily needs. He's not talking about concern that you have a warm coat in winter, but being worried that you're not wearing the latest style or drinking the newest craze in smoothies. What's far more important is living each day as citizens of God's kingdom. It's amazing how often, when we seek to live a life that honors God and obeys his word, the other worries in life so often seem to take care of themselves.
God will help you deal with hard things in life—when the time comes. Today, focus on the highest priorities: doing your job honestly and honorably, loving others deeply and unselfishly, following Jesus humbly and confidently, and trusting God completely.