Hello! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 I know it’s been a little while since my last post, but I’m not one just to write blog posts without having a good topic to write about! I’m hoping that God will move my heart about once a week, but there’s no guarantee.
Last night I was looking over my financial aid package (aka loans) with my parents that I was “awarded” for school. I suddenly realized that the cost of school was going to be higher than the amount of loans I was able to take. So naturally I started freaking out. “wow, there goes my fun summer.” “how am I going to pay for this?” “what if I can’t pay for it?” “Am I going to be able to do anything fun?!”. Then, I stopped, took a deep breath, and remembered Jesus’ teaching in Matthew:
“Do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:25-33.
Now obviously I didn’t remember all of this word for word, but the part that came to my mind was verse 26 when He was talking about the birds of the air, and how they don’t do any of the work that we do, but are fed. And Jesus says, “Are you not worth much more than they?” It seems like a pretty simple idea when you think about it. God provides food for birds and other animals, but He loves us far more than animals, so wouldn’t He provide for us?
This passage isn’t just speaking to those who are hungry, thirsty, and naked, but to anyone who isn’t trusting God for provision in their life. I can look back at my life and see all of the ways that God has provided for me financially, yet I am still questioning whether He will in the future. How dumb is that?! When you go to sit in a chair, do you think, “Hmmm…I know this has held me up the last 2,000 times I sat in it…but this time…I’m not quite sure.” No! You sit in it without questioning whether or not it will hold you up (as long as it’s not an antique). But I think we’re all guilty of doing this to God in one way or another. What does Christ think of that? He called these doubters “You of little faith!”. We are God’s children, and He is going to provide for us. For when we “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” all of the things we need will be added to us. That’s so awesome!
My immediate need financially is for schooling, but what about after school is over? What about when I’m married and have a family? How much more do I have to have faith that God will provide for me then? A lot more. I have always worried about how I am going to provide for a family someday. But after reading this passage, I finally get it. I don’t have to worry about providing for my family, because I will never be providing for them. God will be providing for us. And I have to trust that whatever I end up doing, God will use that to provide for my family.
I have been blessed to see this kind of faith in action through my girlfriend’s dad. He is a corn and soybean farmer in Nebraska. Out of all the things that need to go right to produce a good crop, very few of them are under his control. He can’t make it sunny, or rainy, or stop the wind from blowing too hard. That’s all up to God. And to be able to keep at it year after year shows an amazing amount of faith that God is going to be the provider.
And here I was, worrying about how I am going to provide for a family. What I’M going to do. What job I’M going to get. It was all about me and what I could do. Apart from Christ I can do nothing. But I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).