Some of you are reading this at a difficult economic time. Your business has shrunk. Your sales are down. Your customers are cutting back. Your salary has been reduced. Your position has been terminated. Many jobs in your company are gone, and the rumors are flying that more downsizing is coming. For some, the tough times have hit hard. For others, the tough times have hit home. Listen to the words of Jesus.
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
When Jesus says, “Do not be anxious,” you say, “Yeah, right!” You desire to provide for your family, pay the bills, and avoid relocation. How can you not worry? How can you not be anxious? Listen to the words of Jesus. Christ follows up his instruction with a promise. God is going to take care of you. Many things are out of your control. He knows that. As hard as it is, he wants you to move from worry to trust, from anxiety to his peace. He takes care of the birds, and he will take care of you. Now, certainly, this passage does not mean we are to sit on the couch and binge on our favorite drama series. Even the birds must fly and find food. But the point is, God’s got your back. You can trust him with all the circumstances that deliver worry to your heart.
Reflecting over a lifetime of experience, King David said this: The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread (Psalm 37:23–25 NIV).
He’ll take care of you. He promises.
Father, for all those worried about their jobs, responsibilities, and the future, remind them deep in their souls that you will take care of them. Remind them of your promises. In Jesus’ name. Amen.