“But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith?
Do not be anxious then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘With what shall we clothe ourselves?’ For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.
Therefore, do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:30-34)
Spurgeon (1834-1892) expounds on our Lord’s words to us, and his descriptions of copper treasures and brown paper packages tied with string have stayed with me:
“If you want string and brown paper, you need not go into a shop to buy them, but if you buy certain articles, you get string and brown paper in the bargain. So, when you go to God, seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness, these other things, which are but the packing, as it were, the string and the brown paper, are given to you in the bargain. He who giveth you the golden treasures of heaven will not allow you to want for the copper treasures of earth.
You cannot live in tomorrow, so do not fret about tomorrow. You live in today, so think of today, spend today to God’s glory, and leave the care about tomorrow until tomorrow comes.”
Father, we do want to spend this day to Your glory! Oh, but we need Your Spirit to work in us, for we live among a people worried about clothing and eating and hoarding for tomorrow, and own hearts naturally seek after our own kingdom. Stop us short — convict us of unbelief! Give us minds that remember, and return to, and rest in Jesus’ words. We want to trust that just as we are of more worth than flowering grass, You care for our specific needs in ways we can’t grasp. Oh, rid our hearts of lurking anxiety about tomorrow as you remind us that You’ll never allow your child to want for copper treasures.
Father, we want to seek first Your kingdom. Help us to be women of not little, but much faith!