“And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.”Luke 12:29–30, NIV
As I sit here contemplating a needed grocery store run, reading this verse jolts me out of my self-absorption. In this time of coronavirus upheaval, have I set my heart on thinking on getting the food I need for my family? Have I worried about our food supply? I don’t know about you, but for me, the answer is yes on both accounts.
Reading about meat shortages and the unemployed sitting in long lines in their cars to get food for their families during this pandemic have affected me. Yes, there have been times my heart was diverted from thinking about the God who provides for me and my family. Yes, I worried about what would happen if unemployment or illness struck our family- what would we eat?
Jesus makes a clear distinction here between those who trust him and those who don’t. The world should be able to see the difference. One who doesn’t know God and his loving, fatherly care “runs after all such things”. In contrast, those who trust God for salvation must also trust him daily, even in a pandemic, for our basic needs. Resting in the one who “knows that you need” should look like expectant hope and joy combined with faith that our needs will be met. There is no need for frantic running in our own strength.
Our actions as Christians who put our faith in a God who provides for us may be the same as others but our attitude should be different. The aroma others sense from us will witness the truth of God best when it reflects our trust in a faithful God. So yes, we seek help as needed knowing who is the true source. We approach solutions after seeking God’s guidance in prayer. We wait patiently, knowing that our God will supply all of our needs according to his riches in glory.
God knows what my family needs before I do. There is no reason for me to worry but only to trust that God loves us enough to take care of us. Yes, I still need to get groceries. I pray that as I do, I will be more mindful of who my True Provider is. May my attitude of faith and trust in my Heavenly Father be contagious in these difficult times.
Lord, help me to remember who I am and whose I am. Remove any small seed of doubt or anxiety from my heart. Let me not worry about physical provision but instead for all I need in prayer. Help me remember that you know my needs and you care for me. Thank you for your loving care. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.