Peace During Anxious Times

“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 important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 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? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 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? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

           We are currently going through a unique period in the history of the world.  Everyone’s life is being affected by COVID-19.  Maybe you have been diagnosed with or know someone who has been diagnosed with it?  Maybe you have gone out to the grocery store to get something and you find the shelves are bare?  Maybe your work hours are getting taken away and you and wondering how you are going to pay your bills?  Maybe you have kids in school and now must figure out who’s going to watch them, or you have to decide between staying home or going to work?  These are all very overwhelming situations and have the ability to make any person shrink back in fear. 

            The Scripture I have up above is from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount which comes from Matthew 6:25-34.  I think we can relate to this in a new way today.  There is a lot for us to be worried and anxious about what the future will hold.  We need to plan accordingly but trust that God will provide for us.  Whether it is food, money, or future plans.  Whatever we need God will get it for us.  It won’t mean things will be easy or we won’t have to sacrifice.  It means that God is with us and knows our needs.  It’s easy to want to sit and think things through to death.  Yet, I like what Jesus said in verse 34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  We just have to take this thing one day at a time.  

            In the verse before that, 33, Jesus tells us to seek first the kingdom of God.  That is where our minds and hearts need to be focused.  If we are focused on building God’s kingdom we will have peace.  But how can we be focused on building God’s kingdom when we are discouraged to leave our house?  Great question!  There are many ways we can still be about God’s business.  Prayer, we need to be praying for each other and for others going through many difficult circumstances.  Phone calls, while we may not be able to physically be near to one another we can still call people and talk to them.  If you’re good with technology you can use social media, Facetime, or other video chat apps.  These are great ways to stay connected to encourage the body of Christ and hopefully impact unbelievers.   We still need to love the people around us. 
             Pray and see what God wants you to do to love people near you.  Who does God want you to reach out to?  Who could you check in on and encourage?  Is there someone you could go buy groceries for and deliver it to them?  What better way to use this time than to seek God’s kingdom.  If we do that, God will continue to provide for our needs and bring peace to our lives. 

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