Does your life feel a bit off-balance? In these times of change, it’s easy to feel off kilter. The last seven months have been so unusual. One friend of Jill’s was at home at the beginning of the corona virus crisis. She was able find time to exercise and enjoy life at a different pace. Now that things are kind of back to normal, exercise time is gone, but there’s time to visit the donut shop on the way to work. Maybe your work hasn’t changed. Maybe you’re retired, but I’m sure you’ve felt the impact of COVID-19 personally.
To daily be aware that Christ has been with us and that he has been providing for us all along is a very helpful frame of mind. It provides a sense of equilibrium in a world that is constantly changing. Being thankful for his goodness and care speaks peace to our souls and bears good fruit in our lives. God will take care of things.
Jesus said, “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. 32 So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.” Luke 12:29-32 (NLT)
Jesus gives us a command to seek because he wants people to learn to rely only on God. The word “seek” in the New Testament usually means to try to learn where something is, to look for, to try to find something. What God wants is for us to find is a deeper faith in Christ’s love and to share that with others. One good thing that can come from unstable times, like this corona crisis, is that we rely more on God than on ourselves. On the Lord, “we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.” 2 Co 1:10 (NIV)
We can pray for one another and ask for God’s help in time of need. What will happen is that God will hear our prayers through Christ, and this is more powerful than we know. As a result, people will give thanks to God because of his gracious love. And it’s not just by prayer, but we can also give thanks to God by filling a shoebox and sending it to a child through Operation Christmas Child. Some family in a completely different part of the world will thank God for your gift and have the opportunity to hear about Jesus. And your thanksgiving can abound even more. Hundreds of kids in two schools in Haiti will thank God every school day because you gave them a good meal to eat, a place to learn and the opportunity to hear about Jesus.
Seek the kingdom of God that thanksgiving would abound in your heart; and also that through your prayers and service to others, there would be much praise and thanks to God. He is with us and providing for us, and we can be thankful for his goodness and care.