I am, at present, for the lack of a better word, unemployed. Yes, I've heard that the economy in the United States shed 85,000 jobs last month and all the other gloom and doom. All I know is that while jobs are hard to come by, people are still managing to find them. Our friend, who's going to be 41 this year, has been unemployed since April of 2009, on her birthday no less. Today, we got the news she got a job and rather than be angry because I didn't get one yet, my praise is out to the One who provides for all of us.
Despite the calamities that this God-fearing, God loving, child of God has faced, He has carried her through them without ceasing. She's been hospitalized, had to replace a vehicle (one was given to her) and lost her job. All through this, has never once blamed the Lord but to my knowledge, has continued to go to church, worship and praise Him without ceasing. Most of us would curse Him for making life miserable. However, as Christians, we need to be more concerned about the Lord and His glory.
Matthew 6: 25-34 explains this (red letters denote the words of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ).
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not life more than meat, and the body more than rainment? Behold the fowls of the air: for thy sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye much better than they?
I'm going to pause. Back in that time, people had little but the clothes on their backs. This was the norm and for Jesus' disciples, they had to live hand to mouth. Things which we take for granted today, such as hot and cold water, clean clothes, a bed to sleep on, good food and on and on, were unheard of for 99 percent of those living in Israel (Judea) at that time. Most of us have this and more and still complain bitterly about "poverty" and "oppression." This is a slap in God's face and we would be wise to fall on our faces and praise Him now for what He has generously blessed us with.
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature? (Who's going to get anything by worrying).
And why take ye thought for rainment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; and they toil not, neither do they spin: (Our Master still expects us to work, but this is to prove a point)
And when I say onto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth ye have needs of these things (This is very reassuring to me, but we're upward and onward Christian soldiers). But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you (This last verse has a lot more impact when read in the manner intended by Jesus). Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. (the last sentence left off for clarity, as this continues into a new aspect of Jesus' message. which I'll cover later, Lord willing).
Today, I learned, through my friend, that God provides for us according to His will. Let me tell you that His will is just, fair and equitable. We get what we need when we depend on Him. This does not propone the heretical prosperity gospel, which has damaged Christianity in the eyes of the lost (and who can blame them) and has acted to divide the church. Again, this is another subject for another time. It isn't that Christians should ever expect life to be easy, just possible. We are only passing through, but gently. Maranatha!