“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
“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 important than food, and the body more important 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor 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, O 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.”
Matthew 6:19-21. 24-34
not that i don’t doubt or have any questions, especially about worrying over what to eat and clothe tomorrow. these questions are not for me but for the ones whom i have encountered – those who barely have a cup of rice stored up in their household, who are wearing rags over their bodies just to keep them warm. what described in Jesus’ words above are such a black and white. but God says, “aren’t we more valuable than the birds in the air and the flowers of the fields?”
He promised to take care of ALL of us. and i must trust Him to do so. for God never breaks His promises. faith alone that will keep me going, trusting and obeying.
this past week has been soul-filling. i have met a woman who is trying to protect her daughter from a drunk husband; an autistic child with such wicked cleverness that left us all in awe of God’s strange plan; a tough-looking father who held his baby ever so gently and God’s workers so devoted to Jesus’ cause.
these people inspired me. i once was in despair but now when i remember their strength, commitment and determination, i have hope. i will continue to fight this battle for the poor, the disadvantage and for the outcast.
we can’t put down our sword. keep fighting. keep going until Jesus comes. victory is in our hand.