Is this you?
- Restlessness or a feeling of being “keyed up” or “on edge”
- Being easily fatigued
- Difficulty concentrating or a sense of your mind going blank
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty sleeping
- Trembling, twitching, muscle soreness
- Headaches, sweating or chills, nausea, dizziness
- Shortness of breath
- Being easily startled
I hope you are sitting down. Those are the symptoms for anxiety disorder. We can easily get crazy asking: What about retirement? What about the kids? Will they keep the faith? Will they get hooked on drugs, get good jobs, marry well? What about my business? What about my health? What if – I get cancer, forget everything, or end up needing to be cared for? What about my career?
The Lord in His wisdom has given us all that we are able to handle. Only 24 hours, that is it. That really is not all that much once you factor in sleep, etc. It is a short amount of time and the Lord provides everything we need for today. He will take care of tomorrow giving us what we need to handle tomorrow when it comes. We can make preparations for tomorrow. We make some plans for the future, we plant our crops so that we can harvest. But we are called and are only called to do the job set before us today. Worry about tomorrow wastes today.
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own..”
We have been given a clear prescription for dealing with troubles. We are told that we have just this one day to rely on the Lord and He has promised to provide for us. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6
Exodus 16:4-5 Maybe you know the story of the people of God wandering in the desert. Like clockwork manna was provided every morning. The only catch was that they could only collect a day’s worth daily. They could not stockpile it to make sure they were covered for tomorrow. Yep, you guessed it! Some doubted whether the Lord would provide and saved up manna for the next day. Exodus 16:20 “But they did not listen to Moses; some left part of it till morning, and it bred worms and became foul; and Moses was angry with them.” We are made for a daily existence in the present moment.
In the Lord’s prayer we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
The nuance to the expression comes from the word that is translated as “daily.” Fr. Tom Hopko said in his lecture series on the Lord’s Prayer, if you stop and think about it, you realize that the word is redundant — “give us this day the bread we need this day”? Fr. Tom explains, “daily” isn’t really a very good translation of the original Greek. The footnote at Matt. 6:11 in the Orthodox Study Bible says: Daily is a misleading translation of the Greek epiousios, which is literally “above the essence,” or “supersubstantial.” The expression daily bread indicates not merely bread for this day, for earthly nourishment; it is the bread for the eternal day of the Kingdom of God, for the nourishment of our immortal soul. This living, supersubstantial bread is Christ Himself. In the Lord’s Prayer, then, we are not asking merely for material bread for physical health, but for the spiritual bread of eternal life (Jn 6:27-58). It is and it should be our prayer to ask that the Lord take care of our daily needs. But don’t lose sight that we are asking God to provide this day for what will feed us for all eternity.
Orthodox Readings for 3rd Sunday after Pentecost Romans 5:1-10; Matthew 6:22-33