This summer on Wednesday nights our church has been going through John Piper’s DVD series, Battling Unbelief. This past week, as Piper was using the Scriptures to help us battle the unbelief of anxiety, he made a connection between Matthew 6:34 and Lamentations 3:22-23 that I think has revolutionized my fight against worry. Here are the two texts and a long quote from Piper to explain.
Matthew 6:34 – Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Lamentations 3:22-23 – The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
There is a perfect correspondence between the amount of trouble planned for you and the amount of mercies to sustain you in those troubles. They go perfectly. Therefore, don’t pile into any day trouble that doesn’t belong there… Count on it, there will be trouble tomorrow. And count on it, every morning there will be new mercies… Today’s mercies are designed for today’s troubles… What you have today to get through the next six hours is not enough to get through tomorrow… But what God calls you to do now is not to feel what you need to feel tomorrow. You need to trust that [grace] is going to be there tomorrow.