• Ewen Lin

It's a bird!

Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing?

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Money can’t buy happiness. It’s true. But money sure can make someone’s life less miserable. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. I confess I often wonder what I’d do if I ever won the lottery. Think about all the missionary work I can support! It’s foolishness I know. Sure, it will give me a sense of elation for a moment but only for a moment. What then? Here’s why we should keep reading the Bible during this lock-down. It teaches us who God is.

In Matthew 6, Jesus tells us not to be anxious about our lives. It is a timely word when everything around us is in chaos and supermarket shelves are stripped of goods. Do not worry. Jesus says, giving 2 examples – birds and flowers. Even in the midst of the Covid19 pandemic, nature carries on. And without needing to hoard supplies at that. God ensures that His creation is looked after. He will look after us as well.

Therefore, we are not anxious. Not even if the toilet paper really runs out. People might rush to stock up their pantries, but we know God will take care of us. He is our Heavenly Father who knows all our needs (v. 32). So dear Christian, take a moment. Breathe. Relax. “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” One way to start is to pick up your Bible and start reading it again.

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