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What does the Bible mean when it says that we shouldn't think about the future? (I seem to remember the phrase "Take no thought for tomorrow" or something like that from my Sunday school days.) Does this mean we shouldn't plan ahead or save money for our retirement, or things like that?


No, this is not what it means. In fact, the Bible urges us to be careful in planning our lives and to save for the future. It says, “A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps” (Proverbs 14:15).

Perhaps you are thinking of Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount: “Take therefore no thought for the morrow” (Matthew 6:34, KJV). But that is an older translation, and over the years our English language has changed; the phrase “take no thought” no longer means what it once did. Most modern translations of the Bible put it like this: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow” (NIV).

In other words, Jesus wasn’t telling us not to plan ahead. Instead, He was telling us not to worry about the things of this life and become preoccupied with them. We are to put Christ first instead of things and learn to trust God for our daily needs.

Is this possible? Yes! When we come to Christ, we become His children, and we are never outside of His care. Once we understand how much He loves us, our worries will begin to fade. The Bible says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Are you learning to turn your worries over to Christ?

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  1. Matthew Deemer says:

    God bless you and keep you.

  2. Fritz Desiry says:

    It’s OK!

  3. Brent Diffenbaugh says:

    words before and after give context to this admonition. The proverb given
    is superfluous because Jesus did not say it. We are told not to store up treasure on earth and that a man cannot serve two masters. We are told to consider the flocks that sow not neither do they reap and the lilies of the field. Clearly this is not the sentiment of a capitalist (our true religion) and therefore must be rationalized to make it palatable to modern tastes.

  4. Glenn Baker says:

    I think you are artfully side stepping this difficult scripture , honing it to fit with modern day western thought. Should a Christian retire? also needs some thought. This scripture is too radical for us and our way of life .

  5. Sharon Collier says:

    Thank you! This was a confirming word for me this morning!

  6. Beverly Rosales says:

    Thank you

  7. Sandra. Garner says:

    Good reading

  8. Elizabeth Mokowa says:

    Thanks for opening my eyes with the meaning

  9. J says:

    “Take no thought” means to meditate.