I’m busy planning for the reopening of church. I can’t wait to get back, but what a palaver! I’ve had to write a Covid-19 risk assessment covering every possible eventuality, and I’m now making a list of items we may need to purchase. Hand sanitiser stations, antibacterial wipes and sprays, door wedges, safety posters, safety markings, the list goes on and the cost adds up. I’ve just been looking at a safety marker which is basically a pair of footprints. I need a few to place at regular distances, indoors and outdoors, and thought I’d found the ideal solution. I saw a pack highly rated on Amazon costing £8.99, and thought to myself, “I’ll have those”. Then I discovered it wasn’t a pack; it was £8.99 for one. What a rip off! Someone is making a lot of money out of this coronavirus.
Of course, some other people are very worried about money. People have been on furlough for a while with a 20% drop in wages, other people haven’t even had that. Some self-employed people have lost their businesses, and now multi-national companies are announcing major workforce cuts. It’s a difficult time isn’t it?
Christians have found an answer to that worry, and it’s Jesus. When he was on earth he said something truly remarkable.
“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 than food, and the body more than clothes? 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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. 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—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”(1)
The promise of God is that if we commit our lives to him, trust him and live for him, he will take care of all our earthly needs, food, drink, clothes, you name it. The Apostle Paul, very succinctly, summed up this wonderful promise.
“My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”(2)
God will meet all our needs if we give ourselves to Jesus. He’s the one who loves us so much he died for us. He’s the same one who’s going to care for us. He’s not promising that we’ll be rich, perfectly healthy and free of earthly troubles. He’s saying you’ll always have enough. That’s good enough for me.
(1) Matthew 6:25-34
(2) Philippians 4:19