Here in Illinois it looks as though we are heading for another stay at home order and non-essential business shut down in the near future. People are beginning to panic. Toilet paper and paper towels are, once again, beginning to disappear from the shelves of the stores.
Many are stressed about how they will make it. I can, perhaps, understand why an unbeliever would be stressed, worried and full of anxiety regarding how they will pay the bills, put food on the table and otherwise provide for their family.
I do not understand how a believer can be so stressed and worried about these things. I say this with all sincerity. It's not my intent to put anyone down so please don't take me wrong. It's simply that I don't understand.
For the Christian, it's a faith walk. We know if we are going to please God we will need to have faith. The writer of the Book of Hebrews stated in Hebrews 11:6 (CSB) "Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him."
I guess a good question to ask is, "What is faith?" To get a good definition of faith let's go back to the Bible. Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the reality (assurance) of what is hoped for, the proof (conviction) of what is not seen." Faith says, I know it's a done deal even though I don't know how. I believe God for it.
I can personally attest to how God is meeting our needs during this time. We have lost literally thousands of dollars of income the past eight months since we are not able to sing as we were. Yet God has met every need we have had. All bills are paid. To be certain, we had to do our part and make some adjustments on our end, but what we did was certainly not enough to meet the bills we have. I give all thanks and praise to God for meeting these needs. I have faith that He will continue to meet the needs we have. He hasn't failed us yet why should I think He will now?
Here is a passage of Scripture that will be a help to those who find themselves worrying during these times. These are the red words - the words of Jesus.
Matthew 6:25-34 CSB
 "Therefore I tell you: Don't worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn't life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Consider the birds of the sky: They don't sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you worth more than they?  Can any of you add one moment to his life-span by worrying?  And why do you worry about clothes? Observe how the wildflowers of the field grow: They don't labor or spin thread.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these.  If that's how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won't he do much more for you-you of little faith?  So don't worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?'  For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.  Therefore don't worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
I pray these words will be a blessing and and encouragement to you. I encourage you to activate your faith and believe God!
Until next time...enjoy the journey!