MATTHEW 6:31-34: “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” NLT
OBSERVATION: I will never forget that rainy July morning. Graduated from High School, living in my own apartment, working as a Journeyman Clerk at a grocery store, and looking forward to college – it seemed I had everything going for myself. I had put a lot of my money into my car. To be honest, it was pretty much the center of my life at the time. And, on that rainy July morning, I had finally saved up enough to buy a full new set of tires and rims!
I walked from my apartment toward the street where I had parked the night before. I checked my pocket to make sure all 600 dollars were still there (this was in 1973). As I walked to my car the rain had subsided. The sun glistened off the wet pavement before me. Yet, there was something else that caught my attention. It was the glowing lights of two police cars. I focused to see what had happened – and then I saw it. My precious car, the one that was going to receive a new set of tires and rims, had been rear-ended by a car that had spun out in the rain.
At that moment – my world stopped. The center of my life was destroyed. And, the 600 dollars in my pocket had lost its purpose.
I am somewhat embarrassed now as I share this story. Some laugh when I tell it because the car that was the center of my life was a 1972 Pinto. It was no ordinary Pinto. It was red, white, and blue. It had a full race cam, a beefed-up carburetor, racing ignition system and exhaust headers, air shocks, wide series tires, shag carpeting, and an 8 track player in the glove compartment. I used to race this car during student night at the Irwindale Raceway in Southern California.
This Pinto was my world!
In one stroke of carelessness, my world collapsed. Yet, as I look back, it was the grace of God. The Lord had been dealing with my life, but I had been running. I had forgotten the first commandment – “You shall have no other gods before Me.” Anything can become an idol in our life. For me, at the age of 17, it was my 1972 Pinto. My life was controlled by my idol. I worried about it every day. I washed and waxed it incessantly. And, in full exposure of how far I had gone, I carried a damp shammy in my car so I could wipe it down if I went through a mud puddle.
God knew – something had to change!
During this period of obsession, I found that I worried about everything. I worried about money, my car, and my future. There was no peace in my life. If someone could have seen inside my heart they would have seen a person hunched over, filled with anxiety, worrying about everything, and every day. What if I lost my job? What if someone stole my car? What if my roommate moved out on me? What if….(fill in the blank)?
Then I read Matthew chapter 6.
In all of this turmoil, I had begun to visit a church. It began as an interest in a girl, but it soon turned into something entirely different. Something was different about the people in this church I began to visit. There was a sense of authenticity and passion that I had not observed. As I visited the church I also dusted off my old Bible. I did not get much out of it when I began to read. Until I read Matthew chapter 6.
I felt like the words were written just for me!
- “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.”
Could it be true that the God of all Creation cared enough about me to know everything that I needed? Could it be true that Jesus loved me and wanted to help me live in peace each day of my life?
I knelt down on the floor of my apartment and cried out –
- “Jesus, take over my life. I need You. My life is a mess and if You don’t take it over I don’t know what I will do!”
Suddenly, I felt a wave of God’s peace flow over my heart. Everything that I cared about and worried about suddenly seemed to fall into perspective. I knew from that moment on I would have to live differently. I would have to follow Jesus. Jesus alone would need to be the center of my life. No longer would I be bound with anxiety and worry. With Jesus, as Lord of my life, I would now live confidently – ONE DAY AT A TIME!
- “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Since that time I have not been able to live this out perfectly in my life. I have allowed anxiety and worry to creep back into my life at times. And, every time I do, I find the answer is still the same. I need to get down on my knees and surrender my life anew to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. This is what it means to seek the Kingdom of God above all else. It means to let Jesus establish His rule and reign in our life. It means to consider His Kingdom first before we do anything!
I have no control over tomorrow. No one does. Yet, my life is in the hands of the one who created all my yesterdays, holds my life in His hand today, and controls the eternal destiny of all my tomorrows. He never changes! He remains faithful! He alone is my confidence, my provider, and my peace. What a joy, what a privilege, and what a freedom to truly live life…
ONE DAY AT A TIME – THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST!
Lord, establish Your rule and reign in my life today and in all of my tomorrows!
In Jesus Name!