Matt 6:30-31a – 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, O you of little faith? So do not worry…
Jesus spoke often to great multitudes while He walked the earth. People thronged to Him, sitting on the grassy hillsides for hours to hear what He had to say. All we have to do is read it from our Bible.
In this verse, spoken by Jesus when he delivered the Beatitudes, He tells us that God cares for every aspect of our life…all the small details. His example is the very grass the people were sitting on. He told them that God clothed that grass. He caused it to grow by providing the water it needed knowing that one day it would be burned up. Then He asks the question, “Will He not much more clothe you?”
Faith is active. Faith that God will do what He says He will do is important. Faith that God is who He says He is important. Our faith brings pleasure to God. For this reason alone we need to exercise our faith, take it out for long walks, use it, share it with others, and gird ourselves with it so that the enemy can’t get a foothold in our lives.
Jason walked down the street, the winter winds blowing at his back. He pulled his collar closer to his neck but it afforded him little protection. His stomach rumbled. Sue would be waiting
dinner for him and she had no idea where he was and why he wasn’t already at home. He’d decided to walk instead of taking the bus. He needed time to think.
What am I going to do? He shuffled along, cold penetrating his soul. But not nature’s cold. It was the realization that now he had no way to provide for his family. The pink slip he’d received at the end of his workday has taken away any chance he had of paying the hospital bills that were piling up or the mortgage payments…everything.
Jason mentally got down on his knees. He was a believer. God said He would look after things. He’d known about this before I did. Jason went before the only one who could help in his situation. He wanted to be able to give his wife some hope by the time he got home. He remembered the fishing trip he’d taken with some of his church buddies last summer. The stories of God’s provision were numerous, so Jason clung to that knowledge now.
He prayed as he walked along. He never even noticed the snow that had begun to fall all around him. His focus was on His Lord. Father, I know You knew about all this a long time ago. In fact, according to what the pastor said on Sunday, You knew about this before I was even born. Please help me find a solution, a new job as soon as possible. Give me some ideas where to look. There are so many people out of work right now.
There are days when it’s hard to believe that God will provide everything we need to sustain us. We see people living homeless on the streets of our cities and wonder, will that be me one day? We look to ourselves, seeking our own means of provision, missing the very people God places in our lives to support us. Do we sit back and do nothing, waiting to be looked after? Of course not, but we need to recognize the opportunities God places before us and dig in.
Jason went exactly where each one of us should go when trouble comes our way. We should seek God first. We should have enough faith to believe that God loves us, that He has placed us in the very circumstances that will grow our faith even stronger. Take one day at a time. Keep focused. And do what you can, as God brings opportunities to mind, to make any necessary changes in your life that are needed…but take that step of faith, and keep exercising it.
Father, You know my circumstances. You are the great provider. You own the cattle on a thousand hills. Help me recognize Your ideas…Your provision when it happens so that I can follow where You would have me go. Amen.