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Sermon on the Mount, #63
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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, MAT 6:34.

The Lord Jesus, the Teacher of teachers, sets at ease the mind of those who seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness by saying, "...and all these things shall be added unto you," MAT 6:33. Now Jesus comes back and says, "Take therefore no thought for the morrow..." Why should we be filled with anxiety about things for tomorrow if we are truly seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness first? Why would we be filled with anxiety? We have the promise of the reward, "...and all these things shall be added unto you." This blessed rest, in the obedience of faith, is for the children of God, not the wicked. The Lord distinguishes between the righteous and the wicked.

We can be hypocritical in our humility by saying that we can't claim we are righteous, so that must mean we must class ourselves with the wicked. If you are one who refuses to enter into the seeking first the kingdom of God, if you are one who flatly refuses to serve the Lord, then you are right. Then you should classify yourself as wicked because that is where you stand. However, the Lord impresses upon our minds there is a promise for those who "seek...first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness..." The promise is for those who seek with all their heart, soul, and mind to know and do the will of God. They have no reason for concerns for the future; that holds true for eternal as well as temporal things.

HEB 4:9 says, "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God." This rest does not apply to those who still love sin and want to serve under it's yoke, serving self rather than seeking first the kingdom of God. These promises are not for those who are wicked and continue on in rebellion.

In ISA 57:20-21 we read, "But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked." The rest of God's people is not the place of their rest because the wicked are not resting in the Lord.

The wicked have their reward; they are left into the captivity of the king of Babylon, i.e., to serve under the king of confusion. They will have no rest; they are in a constant turmoil as a troubled sea that cannot rest which casts up mire and dirt because they are not resting in the Lord.

There is such a contrast between the wicked and the righteous. We have to place ourselves in one of the two categories; there is no middle ground. There are only two classes of people in this world, but many people would like to figure out a way to place themselves somewhere between the two, but that is not the way of the Lord. He has only two classes of people. The promises that the Lord will provide all things are not to the wicked. There are those who serve the Lord and those who serve sin. "How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him," 1KI 18:21.

Now let's see the connecting word which Jesus uses for the third time in connection with this subject of waiting upon the Lord, trusting in Him for all our provisions. It is the admonition "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you," MAT 6:33.

In His conclusion, Jesus takes the connecting word therefore and links this passage of Scripture with the previous verse. Our text, MAT 6:34 says, "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." We are not going to get through this life without trials.

The evil spoken of here is not wickedness. "...Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof," i.e., the troubles, the adversities. We have today's troubles, trials, and labors; the Lord says if we take care of that, we don't need to heap the worry of tomorrow's troubles on our shoulders; don't be concerned about carrying tomorrow's burden together with today's. There is sufficient evil, trouble, or trials for today. We have enough walking in the way of the cross, crucifying the old man of sin and self for today without being so concerned about tomorrow. The Lord will take care of tomorrow.

If we can rest in faith, in the fact that we are walking in the way of serving the Lord, then we have faith to believe that as He feeds the fowls of the air, as He clothes the grass of the fields, He will feed and clothe us "...O ye of little faith," MAT 6:30.

As the Teacher of teachers, the Lord Jesus uses effective statements and examples, but He also uses effective repetition. He repeatedly uses the word therefore, and "take no thought." In this concluding remark on the theme, "Take no thought," i.e., anxious thought about the things of this life, He points to the future. Take notice that His emphasis in this passage of Scripture is on tomorrow, looking to the future.

The word, therefore, re-emphasizes the need of having our priorities straight. Jesus had just said in MAT 6:31-33, "Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles [the wicked who must labor, strive, and be anxious about these things because they have no guarantee.] seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." The word, therefore, connects that with our text; it shows where He has made the distinction between the righteous and the wicked because these are the things the Gentiles seek after, but He says we don't have to be anxious over these things.

This word therefore implies that if you seek to walk under the rule and reign of Christ as your sovereign and His righteousness, i.e., the second table of the law, your reward will be your heavenly Father's gracious supply of all your temporal needs. This was dealt with in a previous sermon, so we will not go into detail here, but there is a reward that we do not earn. Through sin we have forfeited all and have no right, title, or interest to any claim of temporal or spiritual blessings, but the Lord is so pleased when we humble ourselves and become obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

We must take up our cross daily, "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin," ROM 6:6. We read of Jesus' example in PHI 2:8, "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Obedience and humility cannot be separated. When we humble ourselves and come under His rule and sovereign reign, and when we seek His will and righteousness, the Lord is so pleased that He gives a reward.

The psalmist spoke of the reward God gives those who delight to do God's will and who love their neighbour as themselves in PSA 112:1-10. This most blessed Psalm has such a tremendous preaching of the law of the gospel; I want to share this with you. It begins, "Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments." The blessedness of those who serve the Lord is exactly what the Lord Jesus is saying about coming under His reign. There is a delight; it becomes the fulfilling of the first and second table of the law. The fear of the Lord is a holy delight in knowing and doing the will of God which comes under both tables of the law.

Verses 2-3 show the reward for those who delight in doing God's will. "His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever." That is the reward for those who delight in the commandments of the Lord.

Verses 4-5 show us how those who delight in God's commandments of love show their love under the second table of the law through their righteous acts toward their neighbour. Many people profess to love the Lord, but at the first opportunity, they lash their neighbour with their tongue which hits him with a wham, right between the eyes.

The Scriptures teach us that those who delight in the commandments of the Lord produce the fruit of love toward their neighbour. The upright in V:4-5 are those who treat their neighbours in an honorable manner, not conniving, undermining, or taking advantage of them. "Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness [Note the description of the upright man]: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion." Being gracious means giving more than is deserved; the upright person has compassion for his fellow man, not toward the Lord for He doesn't need our sympathy.

Compassion is directed to the person in need; the one who is naked gets clothing. We bring the one who is destitute into our home. We see that the one who is hungry gets food. Such acts constitute righteousness, a right attitude toward our neighbour under the second table of the law of love.

Do we understand that when we see a friend or a brother that is in adversity or trouble, we are to loan to him never expecting to receive it back again? How easy is this? Do we understand this? Are we looking for security, notes, or mortgages from him? Or do we loan not even expecting to receive a penny? This teaching is in context with what Jesus taught in His previous teaching as we see in Luke's counterpart to the Sermon on the Mount. "And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again," LUK 6:34.

Giving freely does not mean we will not be paid; if he prospers and the Lord blesses him, he will repay. I have loaned many times not expecting to get paid back, but often the Lord prospers them so they are able to repay. Righteousness also points to guiding our affairs with discretion. Who are the people who have these graces? Remember, the Psalmist began, "Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments." Godly fear is delighting to do the will of God.

Now let's turn our attention back to Psalm 112 and V:6-8 to see how Scripture sets forth the reward God has for those who delight to walk under His sovereign rule and reign under the second table of the law of love. The Lord gives a reward to those who walk according to this law. We do not realize the importance of this until the Lord opens our eyes to see it. It is so important to walk under God's command under the second table of the law of love. Now let's see how He sets forth His reward. "Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous [those who delight in the second table of the law.] shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid...." Oh, Beloved, what a reward!

I am not a stranger to this as there have been times when people came to me to express their fear of what the future holds. Then I could respond by saying, "But I have no fear of evil tidings." Why? My heart was fixed, trusting in the Lord. I was not afraid of the evil tidings. If one's children are dispersed over the face of the earth, one could wonder if they got home safely, and wonder if..., and wonder if ... One could live in perpetual anxiety. Many times my children have had some very close calls; some were such that it was a miracle the Lord spared them; but He did spare them. There is a reward; it is a heart fixed on trusting in the Lord.

The Lord also says in V:8, "His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies." What is our desire upon our enemies? We should have a desire to heap coals of fire upon their heads. What are those coals of fire? They are coals of love. "Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good," ROM 12:20-21.

Oh, that we could come with such love, such coals of fire, on the heads of our enemies to the extent that we could see God's salvation in their souls. Is that the desire of our hearts for our enemies? Do we desire to see the coals of His love melt their heart and bring them to salvation for their soul? How do we bring this about? It is done by our walk of life that shows such love and the goodness of God which leads them to repentance.

The psalmist recounts and summarizes those acts of righteousness and their reward in V:9,and in V:10 we see the contrasting reward of the wicked. PSA 112:9-10 says, "He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour." He has done God's will by serving the Lord under the second table of the law; his righteousness is his right attitude toward his fellow man, and he has done such things as given his goods to the poor, taken them into his home, clothed, and fed them.

We must understand there is also a reward for the wicked. Verse 10 continues with this reward. "The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish." Oh, Beloved, what a gospel! Look at the reward for a delight in serving the Lord. However, if our desire is to serve sin, look at that reward. How can a person withstand such tremendous love, refusing to serve the Lord?

The Lord has a reward for every person: the righteous and the wicked. "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works," MAT 16:27. There are only two classes of people, and they are identified by whom they serve.

I once read a story about a dying man. He was asked if there was anything he wanted to tell his family. He replied, "They know how I lived; they have seen that. All you have to tell them is how I died. I died trusting the Lord."

See exactly the same principle in 1JO 3:10-12, "In this the children of God are manifest [made clear as the light, unmistakably identified], and the children of the devil [See the two classes of people.]: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God [It is that clean cut and absolute! Next, he emphasizes and clarifies its meaning under the second table of the law.], neither he that loveth not his brother. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous."

We have heard this message of love from the beginning, and we are given the example of Cain and Abel. That is a powerful gospel. Are we claiming salvation without having this salvation worked in our soul? Do we understand what it is to serve the Lord under the second table of the law?

Our text is to console those who delight greatly in God's will, holding forth the future reward of the righteous. Our text says, "Take therefore no thought for the morrow." If serving the Lord is our first priority, the reward is security for the future in this life and throughout eternity. There is a reward; my Bible tells me so. It is the good news of the gospel.

There will come a day of reckoning. So many people want to wait until the Lord converts them, but they are going to live in sin while they wait. What does it mean to be converted? It means a change of attitude, a complete turn around, serving the Lord instead of serving self.

Watch what Scripture says about those who do well and those who do evil. ROM 2:6-11 tells us, "Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness [coming against our neighbour], indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; For there is no respect of persons with God." These are solemn words, not of man; they are God's words. The righteous and the wicked are identified by whom they serve. The reward of each is revealed and sure.

Consider our text; Jesus is consoling those who do well, but the apostle says the Jews, i.e., the professing Christians, will be the first to account for what they are doing because they are sinning against the knowledge of God's Word. Secondly, the Gentiles will be held accountable. These are solemn truths. This is what Jesus is teaching us when He says, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you," MAT 6:33.

In the very next verse He says, "Take therefore no thought for the morrow..." because we must not be so concerned about the future. We must consider today. What we are doing today is important and of great concern because what we do today makes our future. If we are serving the wicked one today, we have a grave concern for the future. We must get our act straightened out for today and tomorrow will take care of itself for there is no respect of persons with God.

We are not to live in anxiety about an unknown future, but we are to serve the Lord today! We are to seek first the kingdom, i.e., the will of God in the first and second table of the law, and trust Him for the reward He has promised. To see this promise we can look at HEB 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." We must trust Him for the reward that has been promised to us in His Word. If we don't, we do not have a saving faith.

Our text is an admonition against anxiety on the grounds that it is heathenish, ungrateful, fruitless and unnecessary. "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." He tells us to take no thought for tomorrow; He has just explained that "(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:)" Anxiety is the heathen way; it is a lack of faith. It is unbelief. Anxiety causes much more physical harm than hard labour causes. It has been scientifically proven that anxiety can be traced as the cause for almost any physical disorder.

While visiting with the president of the burn clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah on a plane, he said he did not understand how I had not been in the grave thirteen years ago. He wanted to know why I had not died from all the frustration and stress which would naturally ensue from the circumstances I had lived through. My question was, "Why should I have died from frustration?"

He replied, "What you have been through, frustration and anxiety, would have caused bleeding ulcers, cancer, a heart condition, or many other such conditions; any one or all of these could have caused death. Now why haven't you died from one or more of these causes?"

I had to explain to him that I do not have anxiety, and I do not suffer from frustration. I am able to lay everything at the foot of the cross. I am able to trust Him and receive everything as from His hand.

Frustration is the very thing Christ is teaching us we must not suffer. We must not suffer from anxiety; He said in our text, "Take therefore no thought for the morrow..." We are to trust the Lord. Now contrast frustration with a childlike faith; it is the source of perfect peace, not frustration. ISA 26:3-4 tells us why we should trust in Him, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength."

There is no reason, regardless of what we go through, for anxiety; there is no reason for frustration because the Lord tells us He will keep us in perfect peace. That does not mean we will not have trials and struggles, but in those trials and struggles we can have perfect peace knowing that the Lord is at the helm; He is the Captain of our salvation, and we are only following in His footsteps.

Our text deals with halting or delaying to enter the kingdom of God because our outlook on the future occupies our thinking. Many people delay entering into the service of the Lord because there may be some future event for which they are waiting. "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 deals with this in His answer to the young man He told to follow Him.

In LUK 9:59-60 we read, "And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. [He is delaying; yes, he is going to do it, but later...later...later! Hell is full of people who wanted to follow Jesus later.] Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God." You must understand that the young man was not speaking of a father who had died, and he wanted to take care of the funeral. This man was speaking of a father who was old, weak, and infirm. The young man wanted to postpone following Jesus so he could nurse and minister to his father's needs until he died; then he would come and serve the Lord.

The meaning of this verse is found by searching out the history of the eastern country; it is still a common statement today. "Let me first bury my father" still means "Let me nurture my father till he comes to the grave." Jesus did not want the delay. He said, "Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God." That kingdom must hold first place in our priorities. One still loves and cares for a parent, but the Lord's will comes before anything or anyone else.

Jesus' teaching throughout His ministry was to get our priorities straight, see what we read in LUK 9:61-62, "And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." Do you know why? As surely as he went home to bid his friends and everyone farewell, they would talk him out of going. The Lord Jesus said no, if you are going to keep looking back over your shoulder, recounting the costs, reconsidering because you might have to make a sacrifice, you had just as well stay behind. You can't enter the kingdom that way. We are not able to serve the Lord if we keep looking back; we would not be fit for the kingdom of God.

Jesus cautions against looking back at what we have had to sacrifice to follow Him, or to be anxious about the future, but to take care of what God has put in our hands for today. Our text says, "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." We must be concerned with and take care of what God has placed in our hand today. If I see someone today that needs help, I must take care of him today and not worry about having enough for myself tomorrow. Let the evil of today be sufficient for today, don't worry about tomorrow.

Jesus is teaching us to use common sense with practical principles regarding anxiety over the future. First, anxiety is unbelief. Any time your heart is filled with anxiety, know that Satan is flooding you with unbelief. Unbelief fails to see God's tender, Fatherly provisions, and it does not believe that He is a rewarder to those who diligently seek first the Kingdom of heaven and His righteousness. If our hearts are not filled with anxiety, we are probably serving the Lord today in the position He puts us.

JAM 1:17 teaches us, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." We must understand that unbelief is concerned with how things will be changed and things will be different tomorrow. We become concerned about what could happen tomorrow, forgetting that every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. All of our daily supplies come from the Lord. He doesn't alter or change. What God says is yea and Amen in Christ, He knows our every need; with God there is " variableness, neither shadow of turning."

Faith's eye sees not only our unworthiness, but God's faithfulness. As we learn to understand God's faithfulness, we will see it in proportion to what we see as our unworthiness. LAM 3:22-26 says, "It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD."

In the proportion that Jeremiah saw his unworthiness, he saw that the Lord's mercies were renewed every morning. When we see our unworthiness, we realize that if God were to deal with us according to who we are, He would cast us into hell instantly. He has preserved us; we see His long-suffering mercy over the years of our lives. So, why can't we trust Him for tomorrow? All we need to do is obey Him today instead of worrying about tomorrow.

Anxiety sees future trials, faith also sees the God of the future. Which is greater, tomorrow's trials, or God's deliverance in those trials? We will have trials; that is why we read, "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." We will encounter many trials and struggles in this life.

Secondly, anxiety over the unknown future is most often the product of a guilty conscience and our own exaggerated imagination. Our guilty conscience tells us what we deserve and fills us with anxiety that we will get what we deserve. Most often it is a guilt trip, an exaggerated imagination of what may happen based on misunderstanding, which usually does not happen. Let's look at an example.

Think of the anxiety Jacob had about meeting Esau whom he imagined was coming with his four hundred men to kill him, only to find out he came to protect him. Esau didn't come with malice in his heart. Jacob was on a guilt trip remembering how he had stolen the birthright and the blessing. He remembered that Esau had said he would kill him, and Jacob knew he had it coming. His anxiety came from imagining an exaggerated situation and not understanding the counsel of God. Couldn't he trust the Lord for what He had said in GEN 31:3? "And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee." Jacob did not know that the Lord had worked reconciliation in the heart of Esau.

GEN 33:4-12 tells what happened, "And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept. And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee." In other words, he would guard him with the four hundred men. That was very different from the exaggerated imaginings of Jacob.

How often do we spend many anxious hours worrying about bridges we never have to cross? There are many situations we never had to face and enemies we never had to fight. There are so many times our hearts are filled with these imagined confrontations that never happen. It is anxiety for nothing.

All such unbelief is Satan's most powerful tool to control people's minds and lives to destroy their peace of mind and peace with God. Oh, what a blessing if we could spend as much time training and praying for our children, as we do worrying about their future. You see, we must take care of today's problems. Stop being anxious about tomorrow's problems. If we could use today to actively train our children, work with them, and train them in the way they should go, we wouldn't spend time worrying about their future. Let me show you why this is so.

Anxiety is unbelief; it is disobeying the principle taught in our text. We are to be occupied with today's duties instead of neglecting them because anxieties over the unknown future are futile. PRO 22:6 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Our concerns should not be with the unknown; what we do today will make the difference. We must trust what the Lord has said about training the child today and "he will not depart from it." Today's actions will take care of the future.

Our text admonishes against living by tomorrow's uncertainties, instead of by today's realities. Some people will not buy a house because the interest rates are going to change, or many other things could happen; that is living on tomorrow's uncertainties. We need to live by today's realities.

Think of all the anxieties people felt about a Communist takeover. Years ago one could ask a hippie why he didn't get a job, live an honorable life, and take care of himself. The answer most often would have been one without hope because he had imagined a Communist takeover and it wasn't worth working for that kind of future. Those people were not living by today's realities, but by tomorrow's uncertainties. Now we can see communism is crumbling from inward decay, and there is an opportunity to extend a hand to help them now. Our text warns against being anxious about future uncertainties instead of being prepared for the present which leads to a readiness for the future.

Jonah disobeyed God's present command because he presumed upon God's secret will. In JON 4:2 we read, "And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil." We may not govern our lives by God's secret will because then we disobey His revealed will.

Our Saviour blessedly teaches that to be found "so doing" is to be ready for the future. Being prepared for the present, taking care of today's problems, leads to being prepared for the future. What we do today is what prepares us for the future. Our uncertainties do not accomplish anything.

Let's look at a passage of Scripture. MAT 24:44-46 says, "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing." In other words, those who are doing, not just hearing the Word, are building upon the Rock. We are talking about eternal security. Those whom He finds "so doing" when He comes are building on the Rock. That is a precious truth. He could come at any hour, and if we are going to trust Him for the future, we must obey Him in the present. We are to be found doing His will.

The following verses show Jesus' admonition that living for the future leads to neglecting the present duties. When all I think about is the future instead of today, then I neglect today's problems. MAT 24:48-51 says, "But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken [See the violation of both tables of the law]; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of [Look at the lot of the man who delayed, anxious about the future and neglecting doing the Lord's will today.], And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Do you see the vital importance of our text? "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," MAT 6:34.

Seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness makes us ready at all times, and we need no anxiety over the future for there is a reward for the future. MAT 24:46-47 says, "Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods." The Lord has a kingdom prepared for those He finds doing His will when He comes. We must serve in His kingdom today if we expect to enter His eternal Kingdom; see 2PE 1:5-11.

Our text says, "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." This word evil is translated from the Greek word, kakia, which means, "the evil of trouble and affliction."

This is a totally different word than the Greek word poneros which is translated as evil in MAT 6:13 and 23. MAT 6:23 says, "But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness." MAT 6:13 says, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." Here the word evil means "That which is sinful or wicked."

The word evil in our text refers to the distress, or troubles of today, which are sufficient without being anxious about the unknown future. The Lord teaches us that He has given us a burden to carry today. Don't try to carry tomorrow's burden, too. Why? He gives us strength to carry what He lays upon our shoulders, but He doesn't guarantee to give us strength to carry what we take upon ourselves, especially when we are admonished not to carry it.

Our text says the troubles or distress of today are sufficient without being anxious about the unknown future. Our trials of faith are given in daily portions measured out for us by the Lord as are the strength and the way of escape.

1CO 10:13 tells us, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." That is why we must concern ourselves with today and today's troubles without borrowing from next week or next year. He didn't promise us strength to carry next week's burden today; such unbelief is not only a lack of trust, it is disobeying the principle taught in our text. It shows we do not trust Him for the future.

God sends our daily trials to teach us what He taught the Apostle Paul in 2CO 12:9, "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." That verse is a precious insight into what Jesus is teaching us in our text. The Apostle Paul had to learn to see that he received a messenger of Satan to buffet him and a thorn in his flesh; it would not be removed because he had to carry it. This was the trial and temptation the Lord laid upon Paul; it also gave Paul a way of escape that he might bear his trial. Paul was not to heap upon himself more than what the Lord laid upon him.

Look again at our text in MAT 6:34, "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." Our text is a tremendous, beautiful admonition. There is such wisdom in it. We must walk in the revealed will of God for today, and if the Lord would happen to come and find us so doing, trusting in His reward, and trusting Him for the future, then the very things that we imagine can be put to rest. We must faithfully take care of what the Lord has given us to do today. We will be given strength to bear it and a way of escape.

We have no reason to be concerned about tomorrow; if we are serving the Lord, there is a reward. That doesn't mean we will be mounding up gold and silver, but we will have sufficient. Our text doesn't teach that we will have all the friends in the world; we may be cast in the dungeon like Jeremiah, but we will have peace in our hearts. The Lord will be there so we will have His nearness and His love and the strength to bear the evil of today. We will not be consumed.

The gospel is so rich and filled with such good news. The Lord Jesus says, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me [follow my example, Jesus was obedient unto death, even the death of the cross]; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls," MAT 11:28-29.

Let's also look at HEB 12:4, "Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin." Jesus says "learn of Me!" He resisted against sin even to the shedding of His blood. Satan wanted Christ to sin just once; one sin would have thrown the salvation of the entire church into hell. However, look at the verse just before this, HEB 12:3, "For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds."

What does Jesus want? When He comes, He wants to find us "so doing." Why? He will have a kingdom, a kingdom that endures. There is such blessedness in that, but we are not going to serve both Him and the world. We cannot serve two masters; we must serve one or the other. The law of the gospel is so precious; there is such fullness and blessedness in serving the Lord under the kingdom of Christ. Amen.

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