The empty shelves we saw in the grocery stores during the pandemic have heightened my fears. Not only did many people buy all the toilet paper, but they bought much of the food as well. And recently in my area, there was a gas shortage. I had to wonder if that would cause folks to clean out the supermarkets once again. I now worry about not being able to get food, toilet paper, or any other necessity when I need it. I have never had to do without, thankfully. But I still worry about the times we are living in and the future to come. The fear spreads to things like money, housing, and more. Will we have to worry about getting items that we are so used to having at our fingertips?
I don’t know what the future will look like. But God does. And He will be there beside us, guiding us, and providing for us. The Bible is filled with many stories of God’s provision. One miracle in particular that leaves me in awe is the manna from heaven. This was after the Israelites had fled from Egypt and they were living in the desert. For forty years, God provided manna for them to eat each day. Five days a week, each morning, they would gather what they needed for the day. On the sixth day, they would gather double so that they wouldn’t have to gather food on the sabbath. It says in Exodus 16:18 that everyone had just enough. Not too much, and not too little. God instructed them to only gather what they needed. If they tried to gather extra on five of the days, they discovered it had maggots and a bad odor the next morning. But when they gathered extra for the sabbath, that didn’t happen. (You can read all about the manna in Exodus 16.)
When I worry about the future and all the unknowns, I remind myself that God provides what we need. Jesus said in Luke 12:24,”Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds.”
What a beautiful reminder this is. When we walk with the Lord, we can be sure that He will provide for us. He watches over us with a love that cannot compare to anything else. We need not fear the future and what it entails. We might not know what tomorrow holds, but we know Who holds tomorrow.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. – Psalm 23:5
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