The Focus of Our Thoughts

Matthew 6:25, 31, 34
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Jesus says to take no thought, to not worry about it and let it occupy our minds.  We don’t have to worry about our life—what we will eat, drink, and wear, how we tend to these physical bodies and our earthly life.  Because we don’t produce these things by taking thought, but by trusting God for them.  Hasn’t He measured out our days?  Doesn’t He know what we need?  So then we can count on Him to give to us what we need to live on Earth as long as He has planned for us to serve Him here.

We can’t be so consumed by these questions that we forget what we are supposed to be focusing on.  We just need to look around at the birds and the fields of grass to remember that God is taking care of us.  He tends to His creation.  He is aware of us and our situation.  He knows the details of everything.  He will supply because He can and because He loves, so we never have to doubt that.  And He will give us more than we’d be able to have if we were supplying our own needs by our own power.

And we take no thought for a day that has not yet come.  We cannot do anything about what hasn’t happened, but we do have today to live.  That is our allotted portion, so let’s not spend it thinking on what might not be instead of what actually is.  We can focus on where we are and let tomorrow be tomorrow.  God gives us only one day at a time, and that is plenty.  Because when our minds are too much in the future, we miss what is in front of us right now.

Dissolving worry is really, in a lot of ways, a matter of focus.  What are we currently focusing on?  Where should our focus be?  What kinds of things are we spending our mental energy on?  And where might it be used instead?  We can only think about one thing at a time, and Jesus tells us to spend none of our thoughts on these things.  May we focus more on things worthy of our attention, things with eternal significance, things with value beyond ourselves.  May we take much thought on our God and His truths and His kingdom and keep our focus in the right place.

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