Today’s Trouble is Enough for Today
A Lectio Divina of Matthew 6
Matthew 6:19–34 (NLT)
19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life — whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading)
Lectio: Read the passage below a few times slowly (out loud, if possible). Focus on the words and your breathing. Imagine yourself as being in the story of the text. Do not rush. This is not something to simply get done or accomplish.
Meditatio: Read it again. Reflect or meditate on the passage. This is not about emptying your mind, it is about focusing your heart and mind on the word of God. Think deeply about parts of the passage that stand out to you. Let the words sink in — do not rush. Repeat a key phrase or passage over and over and dwell on the words. Be content to go slowly.
Oratio: Respond to God. Pray and talk with God about the passage. Or, read the passage again (out loud, as a prayer or plea to God). Tell Him how you are feeling. Ask God how this passage applies to you.
Contemplatio: Listen to God. Wait patiently for Him. Praise Him.