From Day to Day

"Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself," was one of the hard sayings of the Master. Like that other command to be perfect as God is perfect, it is classed with the impossible things and does not inspire the effort that could and should be made. Instead of saying it is impossible not to take thought for the morrow, the wiser course would be to regard that condition of faith and trust in God which is free from care and anxiety, as an ideal well worth striving for, and if it cannot be reached to-day, it is good to know that its realization is even a little nearer than it was yesterday.

Perhaps the reading of the Revised Version, "Be not therefore anxious for the morrow," etc., makes it seem more possible and more in keeping with mortal man's thought of a consistent and practical view of life and its duties. But even this requires much more than one is able to perform in his own strength. It requires no argument to convince a person that he is unnecessarily anxious as to what the morrow may bring forth. He knows that a part of his anxiety is uncalled for and the other part does no good, but how to help himself he knows not. The exercise of the human will has not dispelled his fear and anxiety, and he is beginning to realize that he must look higher than himself if he would escape the error of adding to-morrow's burden to that of to-day.

It is acknowledged by all Christian people, of whatever creed or profession, that nothing can do so much for man, as faith and trust in God. Then whatever adds to the measure of his faith, increases his trust in God, and encourages greater reliance upon His promises, bestows a blessing that cannot be estimated according to the human measure of values.

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The June Number of "The Arena"
June 6, 1901

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