“You drove 30 minutes away to get food? You couldn’t find eggs? I have plenty; I can share. Do you have toilet paper, enough cleaning supplies, enough food; are you stocked up?”
My daughter and I have never talked about trouble finding eggs and sharing what we have with each other. We’ve never asked each other if she had toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and food. But that was our conversation this afternoon.
Last week’s trips to the grocery store were shocking. This is not the cleanser or toilet paper aisle, this is the pasta, canned food, and staples aisle.
Pandemic. Lockdown mode. Scarcity. Uncertainty. Loss of finances. Loss of health. Loss of life.
Are you worried about tomorrow?
Israel knew the hardships of scarcity and isolation, and in the time of Jesus, they were working hard to provide for themselves. In Matthew 6:21, we read that Jesus said that where your treasure is, there will be your heart. In these unfamiliar times, we’re focused on gathering supplies and keeping away from others who might be infected.
Jesus says, “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:30
Worried about the things that won’t last, like toilet paper, eggs, and pasta.
One day in the 1800s, George Muller stood before the children in his orphanage and thanked God for the food that He would provide for them. There was no food in the orphanage, but Muller knew that God would provide.
Knock, knock. God had awakened the baker that morning at 2:00 a.m. to start baking bread for the children.
Another knock. The milk truck broke down right in front of the orphanage, and the milkman offered all the milk on the truck to the children.
God provides for His children.
“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’” Matthew 6:31
Jesus has everything under control. Yes, we are to be wise and follow the guidelines, for our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we must take care of our bodies and the bodies of others.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:33-34
Like George Muller, we know that we must feed our bodies and take care of our bodies, but we are privileged to have God as our sufficiency.
What if we were to begin thanking God for His provision, His healing, and His work in us and through us? What if we asked God to show us what we can learn from this situation?God loves you, and His plans for you are good. He is working in you and writing His story through you. It's a story of love and hope. Click To Tweet
It is well with my soul.
Is it well with your soul?
Father, thank You for how You are revealing Your story of love, hope, and salvation to the world. As we face scarcity, disease, and uncertain times, spur us to seek Your face first. Pour out Your wisdom on the world’s leaders, physicians, and healthcare workers as they tend to the sick. Abundantly supply Your people with Your perfect wisdom and Your amazing love. Help us be a light to the world, a light that points to You and Your love and provision. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Please share how you are coping and how God is working in your life.