“Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof,” says the King James Version in Matthew 6:34. In other words, don’t even think about tomorrow, we’ve got enough troubles to deal with today.
But in the previous nine verses Jesus is also saying, “Sufficient for each day is God’s grace thereof.” So each day has its troubles, yes, but each day Jesus provides the grace to deal with them. Trust him to take care of us and “You’ll find your everyday human concerns will be met,” says The Message translation in verse 33.
Jesus is saying there isn’t any need or worry we’ve got that his grace doesn’t cover. He knows exactly what needs and worries we have, because he lived in our world as one of us.
So, I ask myself, what need do I have, or what worry do I face, today? Because Paul’s answer to me in Philippians 4:19 is, “My God will meet ALL your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
All of them? Yes, says Paul, God’s “blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ,” Ephesians 1:3, and in 1 Corinthians 1:7, “you do not lack any spiritual gift” – meaning, we’ve got more than we need to take care of us, because the help we’ve got is “spiritual.” It’s from God, and God “is able to do far more abundantly BEYOND all that we ask or think, according to his power which works mightily in us,” Ephesians 3:20. He’s got power a billion times sufficient for anything I face, with power left over. How stupid of me to worry, then.
But let’s get practical. I face today. My mind whirred into action the moment I awoke. I started thinking about what needs to be done. I immediately felt weak at the prospect of some things I had to face and do, and there wasn’t much in my day I was looking forward to either, because most of it involved effort of some sort and I’d woken up tired. For my day to be filled with peace and joy and love – and all those other lovely “spiritual” things mentioned in Galatians 5 – I clearly needed help, because I was in no mood or state of mind to come up with those things myself.
But I don’t have to come up with them myself, because they’re spiritual. They’re from God, because he’s my sufficiency, not me. He, therefore, will fill my day with peace, love and joy, and wisdom, and calm, and laughter, and positive thinking, and whatever else I need, because sufficient for my day is his grace thereof. HIS power working within me is way beyond what I need.