25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be distracted by your soul, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor by your body, what you will put on. Is not the soul more than what it eats, and the body more than what it wears?
26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither plant nor harvest nor store their food in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth more to him than them?
27 And which of you by being distracted can add a single moment to his soul’s age?
28 And why are you distracted about what you wear? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither work nor manufacture clothing,
29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not decked out like one of these.
30 But if God so clothes the meadow flower, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 Therefore do not be distracted, saying, ‘What will we have to eat?’ or ‘What will we have to drink?’ or ‘What will we have to wear?’
32 For the other nations seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father is aware that you need them all.
33 But you seek first the kingdom from God and desire his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.
34 “So do not be distracted about tomorrow, because tomorrow will be distracted for itself. Each day will have its own trouble to be concerned with. _________________________________________
The Sky Kingdom or distractions
While we are busy not piling up junk in our treasuries, we also should be busy not piling up worries about what might happen tomorrow. A soul has to eat, and a body has to wear stuff, but being distracted about our needs for tomorrow is a waste of time. We have a Father in the sky who is taking care of us, just as he does the birds and the flowers. He can be trusted. We are very valuable to him.
Instead of what might happen tomorrow, we should be concerned about what should happen today. We are citizens of the kingdom coming down from the sky; we should seek that kingdom first. That means allowing God’s righteousness to permeate our today. While we focus on that, the trivial matters of food and clothing will be added to us as we have need.
LORD, we renounce the tendency to worry about our future. Give us the wisdom to focus on building your kingdom into our lives today, and to reject the temptation to be distracted from that pursuit.