S – Scripture:
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, “What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.” Matt 6: 31-32
O – Observation:
Matt 6:25-34 Talks about not worrying about your daily needs to survive. God will provide. He describes the needs of the birds of the air, and that we, His children – are we not more valuable than they are? V26 – Believing that I as a child of God will have my basic needs met, I need to take steps not to worry as v 34 says, tomorrow will bring its own worries.
A – Application:
Based on these scriptures, God promises to care for us, by meeting our basic needs – food, clothing, water, shelter. It doesn’t say anything about our mortgages, debts we incur, etc. What happens when we see people who don’t have the basics of food, clothing, and shelter? What happens in today’s economy when both spouses lose their jobs, their home, their belongings, where is God in providing for their needs? I believe my duty as a Christian is to share that which I have, even if it’s less than what others may have.
My best example of God’s grace and provision is when I went to India and observed a ministry for homeless children, who lived along the railroad tracks. The people who worked with them would try to get the children into orphanages and children’s homes, but the kids didn’t want to leave their other “family” (the other kids) who choose to stay behind.
These children never knew where their next meal was coming from, they truly only had the clothes on their backs. They either ran away or parents abandoned them. They slept along the sides of the tracks and would catch the train (without paying of course) and go from one station to another. The police would occasional come and chase them away. We saw them drinking a strange looking liquid from a soda pop bottle, which we were told often times consisted of a mixture that would make them high. They also were known to “huff” glue or paint.
The outreach workers would visit the kids several times a week to befriend them in hopes that they would accept their help to go to school and enter a shelter. Sometimes the workers would bring the kids blankets or candy when they played with them, as they wanted them to get off of the streets and they didn’t think they would if they continued to provide them food & clothing – so they would visit without any handouts and the children embraced them because they knew the workers cared for them.
I was fortunate to visit the children with the outreach workers, along with a team of people from the US and other parts of India – we played games with the kids and gave them candy. The children seemed to enjoy our company and liked taking pictures with us. They didn’t speak English so we were given information by the workers. One little boy came up to me and had two pieces of candy in his hand – he offered me one piece. I looked at him, shook my head and said no. He again insisted that I take it from him.
The worker that took us to visit the children said I should take the candy, as that’s all the boy could do to show his appreciation for us coming to visit them. I was near tears. I could not see how a child who had literally nothing of material value, and didn’t know when he would eat again, would share his candy and not hoard it – like so many of us today. (I took the candy and when the young boy wasn’t looking I shared it with another child) That boy wasn’t selfish; he was appreciative and showed love and care by sharing the only thing he had, an extra piece of candy. Often, we want more and more – whether we have abundance or barely enough we have trouble sharing, because we don’t trust that God will provide for us.
How do I apply this scripture verse in my life? I have been fortunate. When I look back on my childhood I never thought we were poor, we had a house, clothes, food. We were never homeless and I attended school and played sports. We didn’t have a lot, but compared too much of our world, we were rich. I have not only been fortunate, I have been blessed beyond what God promised to provide for my basic needs.
Even during the hard times of unemployment, illness, burn out, and the poor economy – I continue to see God provide for my basic needs. I have to trust that all the other bills, unexpected and expected expenses – God will provide and see us through. I have his Word on that. These are difficult times, however our country has gone through this in the past and has become stronger, and we pray that we will do it again. It won’t be easy, but He will provide.
Mt 6:33 “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
P – Prayer:
Lord thank you for meeting our basic needs. Thank you for the abundance of gifts and blessings beyond our basic needs through the years, even in difficult times. I pray that I will and am a good steward of your provisions and that we can help others in their time of need. Amen
Reading: Gen 18:16-19:38, Matthew 6:25-7:14, Psalm 8:1-9, Proverbs 2:6-15
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