“Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!”Matthew 6:8
In today’s society, money is important. We need money it seems for everything. And while I acknowledge that, we do need it, I feel we are becoming over-obsessed with the stuff. There is such a focus on increasing your salary, get rich-quick schemes, huge lottery winnings etc. – trying anything and everything to accumulate as much as you can. But at what cost? Sacrificing time spent with the family to pick up extra shifts, developing a gambling addiction trying to beat the odds or stressing yourself out over the income you are bringing home?
We should not become consumed with money because ultimately God will provide. However, in light of our present situation, with the country coming to an economic standstill, it is obvious that for some people they will be panicking and fearful of how they will manage; Maybe that’s you. If so, I want you to be comforted in the truth that God is in control and He will give you everything you need to get by; He knows exactly what you need before you ask! And it’s not just financial problems we are facing, but also the fact that many are panic buying, leaving shelves bare and empty. This fear of going without is causing us to act selfishly, and shows how we are trying to ‘fend for ourselves’, when we don’t need to do this. God will not let us go hungry. Even in the wilderness He provided the Israelites with Manna – Exodus 16. God is our provider: today, tomorrow and forever.
“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? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for you heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 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, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 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? So don’t worry about these things, saying ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”Matthew 6:25-34
Jesus explains one end of the spectrum of God’s provision. He cares for the smallest of creation – so why should we worry? He gives as a Father ought: the things that are best for His children without hestiation and always at the right time. During these next few weeks and even months, when we are facing such unknown times, we can rest in the assurance that God will provide for us, and we need only pray and ask for His help and strength to get through each day, and to be able to trust more in His provisions.
God Bless! 🙂