Little single days
do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about
itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own!" Matthew 6:34
One reason which our Lord gives
against anxiety for the future, is that we have nothing to do
with the future. God gives us life by days--little
single days. Each day has . . .
its own duties,
its own needs,
its own trials and temptations,
its own griefs and sorrows.
God always gives us strength enough for the day. But if we
insist on dragging in tomorrow's cares and piling them on top of
today's cares--our strength will not be enough for the load. God
will not give additional strength--just to humor our whims of
worry and distrust.
So the lesson is, that we should keep each day distinct--and
attend strictly to what it brings to us. Charles Kingsley says:
"Do today's duty, fight today's temptation--and do not weaken
and distract yourself by looking ahead to things which you
cannot see, and could not understand if you saw them." We really
have nothing at all to do with the future--except to prepare for
it, by doing the duties of today with fidelity.
No one was ever crushed by the burdens of one day. We can always
get along with our heaviest load--until the sun goes down. Well,
that is all we ever have to do. Tomorrow? Oh, you may have no
tomorrow; you may be in Heaven. If you are here--God will be
here too, and you will receive new strength sufficient for the
days--so shall your strength be!" Deuteronomy 33:25
J. R. Miller, Daily Bible
Readings in the Life of Christ, 1890