And even though we can’t possibly know what will actually happen tomorrow, we have our ideas. And some of our ideas are quite negative.
It’s possible that you’re reading this and have absolute confidence tomorrow will be awesome. Positivity isn’t a bad thing – in fact, it’s really a very good thing – but be careful that you don’t presume that tomorrow can’t bring trouble.
Don’t brag about tomorrow! Each day brings its own surprises.
~ Proverbs 27:1 CEV
On the other hand, you might find yourself thinking in the complete opposite direction. You may be assuming tomorrow can only bring bad news.
Jesus addressed our tendency to worry about tomorrow…
So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings.
~ Matthew 6:34 TEV
Or as Eugene Peterson paraphrased it…
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
~ Matthew 6:34 The Message
Tomorrow could go either way. But it doesn’t matter because today is enough.
Jesus wasn’t encouraging us to stop planning or preparing. He was teaching us to stop worrying about the days to come when I imagine negative scenarios and have to stress over their outcomes.
The fact is, worrying doesn’t prevent problems. It doesn’t fix problems. It actually just makes problems worse.
What Jesus was really getting at was this… focus on fulfilling God’s purposes for your life today. If you do that, tomorrow will take care of itself regardless of the circumstances that may arise.
Live out God’s agenda for your life today and your steps will be ordered tomorrow.
It’s okay to set goals, plan and save, and dream great things about the future. But let your primary focus be on what Dallas Willard often called doing the next right thing.