Summary: Jesus told us that sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. You will have all you can deal with each day without adding to the load worries about the future.
Almost every chapter of the New Testament was written to and
for people who were having hard times. God knows that life is filled
with trouble and anxiety, and so He gave us His word to be the ark
to carry us through this world where the flood of sorrow never
ceases. Where else can we find help and hope? So many modern
scholars have become pessimistic because of their rejection of God.
Ernst Jungers in his essay Man In The Moon wrote, “I as a man on
the moon, can no where find sense, being truly an icy lunar with its
craters. Since I have given up seeking the point of my life, I am
completely tormented.” The best that man can give us will be of no
benefit when the flood strikes. The comforts of man’s theories of life
are shallow. The coin of their comforts ring like wooden nickels in
the hour of crisis.
Man wants an answer for his anxiety. He wants to be delivered
from his dread and cured of his care. Joshua Leibman in his best
seller Peace Of Mind wrote, “That men want peace is no private
opinion of mine. Heap worldly gifts at the feet of foolish men, give
me the gift of the untroubled mind.” Man wants peace, but where
can he go? All the world has to offer is sounding brass and a
tinkling symbol. There is only once source he can go to, and that is
the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. We want to focus
our attention on verse 7 for His message of challenge and comfort.
I. THE REALITY OF ANXIETY IS RECOGNIZED.
The Bible does not escape problems by pretending they are not
real. It recognizes that anxiety is very real and that even the
Christian is in danger of falling into its grasp. We would not have to
be told to cast our care upon Him if we had no care to cast. The
Bible assumes that Christians, like all people, suffer with worry and
anxiety in times of trouble. Anxiety comes from the root meaning to
divide.” The anxious Christian is a divided personality and cannot
give full devotion to Christ. Anxiety is to the personality what fever
is to the body. It registers the presents of something foreign causing
a reaction. Often we can no more help being anxious than we can
help getting an infection.
Someone has said, “Anxiety will not empty tomorrow of its
sorrows, but it empties today of its strength. It does not enable you
to escape the evil, but makes you unfit to cope with it when it
comes.” Jesus told us that sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
You will have all you can deal with each day without adding to the
load worries about the future. Man has the power to imagine the
worst, and so he is capable of anticipating the future, and it is the
future that is the cause for so much anxiety. There is an old story of
a man walking along with a heavy burden, and the angel of
knowledge comes and says, “What are you caring?” The man said,
“My worries.” “Let us examine them,” said the angel. So the man
let down the load, and when they looked in the bag it was empty. “I
don’t understand,” said the man. “I had two great worries that
were so heavy I could hardly lift them.” “Yes,” said the angel, “but
one was of yesterday, and it is gone. The other was of tomorrow,
and it is not yet here.” We need to learn to bear only the worries of
today, and then we need not bear such a heavy load. God will not
give us burdens to great to bear, but if you take burdens beyond
today, they are not God given.
Every person has a breaking point, and if you choose to worry
about enough things anyone can destroy their peace of mind. If only
we could learn to live for today as the hymn says.
I’ll live for today nor anxious be,
Jesus my Lord I soon shall see.
Sometimes when the sky of our life is dark and dreary we feel
like the poet when he said:
Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years!
I am so weary of toil and of tears,
Toil without recompense, tears all in vain,
Take them and give me my childhood again!
But there is no escape from life’s trials like that. The past is gone
and we must face the present and the future with a greater power
than that which seeks to crush us. The Bible recognizes the reality
of anxiety and worry, but it also recognizes that faith in Jesus Christ