Sunday, May 10, 2020

Living in a Covid-19 World: Day #10

How Will God Supply My Needs?

The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, 
but he thwarts the cravings of the wicked.
Lazy hands make a man poor, 
but diligent hands bring wealth.  
(Proverbs 10:2-3)

The reality of the Covid-19 World goes beyond self-isolation and physical distancing. It has also led to the closure of our nation’s economy left many people without work and monthly income. It’s a situation where they need to trust God in a new ways.

When it comes to trusting God there are two opinions. The first sounds super-spiritual: “Let go and let God.” The second is practical: “God helps those who help themselves.” Somewhere in between those two phrases is a balance that doesn’t just sit around and “trust God,” nor does it work tirelessly without a sense of hope for God’s provision.

Proverbs Chapter Ten holds the two thoughts in what seems to be a paradox: God cares for and provides for those who are righteous, yet the same people are encouraged to work hard and be diligent. It’s not a case of one way or another, but as we work and do our part, we trust in God’s provision.

Consider the following verses from Proverbs Chapter Ten:

He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps 
during harvest is a disgraceful son. (v. 5)
The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked 
paths will be found out. (v. 9)
The wages of the righteous bring them life, but the income of the 
wicked brings them punishment. (v. 16)

The words of Jesus also reflect this same balance when he said; But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33).

“Seeking God first” isn’t sitting around and waiting for everything to fall into place. But nor is it a hurried or panic-driven, workaholic attitude that doesn’t take into account the promises of God. The Spirit-filled life is one of balance, recognizing that God works with us as we do our part, and trust in His goodness and promise to care for the practical needs of those who love Him.

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