Matthew 6:31-33 NLT
In the early 1930’s the north central part of SD, where I grew up, was experiencing the “Dust Bowl.” On some of the plowed fields all the top soil blew off and piled up in drifts like snow (click on picture). Crops failed year after year. My Dad bought bailed hay from MN to feed the workhorses. All that the milk cows got were tumbleweeds. One summer two of my older brothers went to the Brownsville, TX area to shock grain. For their pay they came back with a pickup load of oats for the next spring’s planting. Those were difficult days. People thought this might be the end of the world and were talking about Jesus coming back soon.
My mother made clothes for me from other peoples worn out things. I clearly remember as a child of 4 or 5, sitting on the kitchen table watching her sew together a little jacket by hand for me to wear to church. I said to her “Mama, why are you making me this jacket – Jesus is coming back soon.” As a young child, on a simplistic level, I seemed to believe that would solve all our problems.
How is it, that the more material things we amass, the more we are inclined to put our trust in them? And when they are threatened, like now, we begin to worry and ask questions. What if we lose our health insurance? How are we going to pay the bills? ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’
Today, like in the 30’s, I am hearing people talk about the Lord’s return as the solution to the problems we are facing. That could be, but even if He doesn’t come back now, He has us covered! Jesus talking about us worrying about financial needs says, These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Worrying is out of place for us believers, because our heavenly Father has made provisions to meet all our needs.
However, these provisions are conditional. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. We don’t earn God’s provisions by working at fulfilling these conditions, we are simply opening ourselves up to Him so we can receive them.
Thank you Father that you have our needs covered. This world has blurred our values. We often see wants as needs. Help us to seek your Kingdom above all else, live righteously, and let you determine what our needs are.
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