“Don’t be anxious,” says Christ. Anxious doesn’t exactly describe what many people feel when their world falls apart around them. For years economists have claimed that the U.S. is in a recovery, to the disbelief of the millions of people who have dropped out of the workforce. They are more than anxious. They are afraid. The words still apply: “Don’t be afraid…”
Therefore I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? See the birds of the sky, that they don’t sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you of much more value than they?
It is true. God has proved Himself over and over again in my life; He provides. Still, there is one thing I’ve learned, and it does not negate God’s promise…
Think about the birds. How many birds do you see in the morning? In your yard? In the park? On electric wires? How many just sit there looking to heaven with their mouths open, waiting for a worm to fall from the sky? None but the baby birds. No, they search the grounds for worms, seeds, and bugs. They peck at trees. They hop around. They perch high on a telephone pole, looking for prey. They don’t fear, because they know God provides, but they also know it’s a partnership. God provides and they grasp hold of his provision.
Fear not. God will provide, but you must be prepared to act when He does.