“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 6:31-34, NIV).
A friend of mine and this ministry approached me Sunday to say that he wanted to partner with the television outreach of the church. The following day he said he had an interesting vision in his mind that he wanted to share with me. He saw people sitting on a park bench tossing bread crumbs to the pigeons below. At first he thought he was nuts, but given the way his mind works (his words), he asked the Lord what this was all about. The Lord showed him that the people on the park bench are believers tossing financial seed with little thought and direction on the ground while the pigeons, representing ministers and ministries, try frantically to compete for and collect the meager offerings on the ground. His encouraging word for me was that we would not be like those manic little pigeons trying to carve out their portion but that we would be abundantly supplied for in this ministry journey and endeavor.
These are tough times for people in general, but God is not surprised and his Word is not invalid or less powerful or true just because the world and its system of trying to meet its needs without God has fallen on hard times. On the contrary, the wisdom of walking with God at a time like this is becoming more and more apparent. The believer has a source that the world knows nothing about. We tap into that source through our relationship with Jesus Christ, through the sowing of our own financial seed, and through faith in God and his Word to supply for his people. Paul said to the loving and giving church at Philippi, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
The life of faith is characterized by rest rather than by scrambling frantically for God’s answer or provision in our lives. If we are filled with anxiety, fretting, and worry over the situation or challenges we face we are not in faith. Remember the lesson Jesus taught. He provides for every bird every day and they do not sow or reap and have no means of storage (Luke 12:24). Somehow they just know there will be supply enough when it is needed and that by the direct hand of a loving Heavenly Father. The way we enter into the rest of God and receive during challenging times is to believe (Hebrews 4:3) rather than pecking around with the faith of a pigeon.