Good News: Encouragement for a World in Crisis

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:19-34 NIV

God Provides For Us

One of the biggest concerns that many people have in common is worrying over their finances. Whether we spend too much or earn too little, at some point in our lives most of us will fret over this. We may worry about clothes, food, a place to live, or all of them. With money, we can meet those needs, and when we don’t have enough, we wonder if God will provide for us. 

Wouldn’t it be great to get to a place where we truly trust God to be our Provider and not worry about money? Is that even possible? Let’s check out what Jesus said about this subject.

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26 NIV  

One way to truly trust God as our Provider is remembering how much he cares for birds and flowers. Simple, right? God provides for them, and yet, He values us far more! He didn’t send Jesus to die on the cross for the birds and flowers—He did that for us! So, why wouldn’t He meet our needs? It can be very difficult to remember this in the middle of our worry. But, let every bird in the sky or flower that you see remind you that God is our Provider!

Another way to trust God as our Provider is by choosing to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness first. When we seek Him first “all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33 NIV). The Greek word for seek in Matthew 6:33 is zētēo, and it means to “seek after, seek for, aim, strive after.” So, when we seek after God, aim for God, and strive after God first, all “these things” such as food, clothing, and other basic needs will be given to us. Seeking God first frees us from the worries and pressures of earth because our eyes are fixed on Him instead of the temporary things that weigh us down. 

Think about it this way. When we worry, we tend to sit in it. We could even say we feel paralyzed by it. So, don’t worry, but do something instead. And by something, that means seeking God. Read the Bible. Write out your prayers. Worship through song. Practice seeking God not because you’re trying to earn His love because you already have that. Seek Him, for when you do, your mind won’t sit in worry about His provision over your life. 

God is very capable of meeting our needs of basic provision. He met our greatest need by sending Jesus to save us. Why would we think He wouldn’t provide for our lesser needs?

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