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  • Alan Fong

Hard Thoughts

Today’s Verse:

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? ~Matthew 6:25

Our nation and economy are struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic. Several people I know are not working due to their companies being shut down; unemployment is at a high; and there is the daily concern of when this will “all go away.” I spoke with someone who is concerned about having baby formula, diapers, and enough money to pay down some credit card bills. This person is having some very hard thoughts about what is going on. Maybe you are or someone you know is having hard thoughts about the current situation. Let us see what Jesus has to say about all this.

We see the pressures.

“What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?” We feel the pressure of day-to-day living. There are the financial pressures of being able to take care of our families and pay the bills. There are the family pressures of keeping the household peaceful and productive. There are the mental pressures of anxiety, worry, and discouragement. There are the spiritual pressures of feeling like we have failed God when we miss our Bible reading, prayer time, and church attendance. We feel like we are crushed under the pressure of a gigantic boulder on our back and shoulders.

We see the prospect.

“Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” Jesus asks us to consider how God cares for the fowls of the air and the lilies of the field. If God takes care of them, how much more will He take care of us? We need to pause and think beyond the immediate problems and have faith that God will take care of us. “Are ye not much better than they?” Doesn’t God know that we have basic daily needs? Jesus reminds us that God does not forsake or leave us. Do we have enough faith to believe that God will meet our needs?