The Global Report on Food Crisis 2020 reported the highest global number of acutely food-insecure people on record. It revealed 135 million people in 55 countries and territories were in need of urgent food, livelihood and nutrition assistance as a result of conflict, weather extremes or economic shocks.
Can you imagine 135 million people in front of you?
I have had the immense privilege of visiting 2 famines with aid where on the minds of everyone were food, water and clothing. I will never forget both occasions. Would I go again if given the opportunity? Without a thought I would go, for many reasons.
Famine is the extreme. We must not turn a blind eye for in doing so we will be disadvantaged.
But on the hillside that day of Jesus’ sermon, though they were not in a famine, there were many worrying about tomorrow.
“So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” (Matthew 6 v 31)
They ate off their fields. What I planted will it grow?
They lived in a difficult terrain and there were areas of wilderness that made their journeys difficult. Will I be able to sustain myself for this journey?
They made their own clothes. Will what I made protect me for this next season?
Jesus’ instruction is how to live with uncertainty.
These questions are not from selfish or greedy people grabbing at more. These are people with needs but where their world is uncertain.
Are you living with uncertainty today?
Many can find themselves uncertain from all they knew, from people they loved and their purpose for life. Uncertain about their past and future whilst trapped in the grip of an enemy. Uncertain about who they are and where they fit into this life.
The things you face today and the uncertainty of your life may have chased you into a place where you are now surrounded by enemies of fear, doubt and of pain.
Those around you may not know how things will become certain for you or how you will get free from this enemy plaguing your life.
Why does Jesus tell us not to worry?
Whenever I have told my children not to worry about something it is because I have had a greater confidence in their future than they have. Basically I know I will be there for them. I will resource them. I will be there.
The voices around you and within you may sound an uncertain message and yet God is for you and with you and the One who saw your beginning will make a way to the end.
Finally, think on what the minister Matthew Henry (1662-1714) said after being robbed:
Lord, I thank You:
That I have never been robbed before.
That although they took my money, they spared my life.
That although they took everything, it wasn’t very much.
That it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.
Right now, write down your needs based on: a) will what I have invested grow? b) will I get to where I want to be? c) will I survive the journey?
And know that the One who told you not to worry is alongside you and also waiting for you tomorrow.
And if it helps … be thankful you are not one of the 135 million today!
But even if you are … be thankful that if God is anywhere in the world right now He is definitely with you!