I have to be honest, I do not like hearing our nation’s leaders playing the blame game as to who’s fault it is that our nation’s budget didn’t get past. It’s not about fault – it’s about doing what is best for our country. In my personal opinion, doing what is right for our country means getting us back on the right track to decreasing our spending and our national debt. We the people really have no say in the matter at this point. It’s a waiting game for us – it’s out of our hands – out of our control.
I know this government shut-down affects a lot of people – including our military. I cannot imagine being in their shoes – serving and protecting a country that will not be allowed to support them financially for the work they do. In my mind it’s worse than being on unemployment. At least if you are unemployed you have the means to file for help. Military families will not have this option.
However, the Bible is clear as to what we are to do when times of change come and we begin to worry. Matthew 6:25-34 is a direct-line passage that tells us not to worry about things to come, or about how our Father will provide for us. It says,
25 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 the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow ; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall henot much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or,Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly FAther knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
In my everyday life, I have many things that are out of my control. I have had to practice putting things in God’s hands and letting Him take care of what I cannot. One of my biggest fears as a parent is that my children will pull away from the faith that we are trying so hard to preserve. I had to realize early on that it was a choice they have to make for themselves. I have to put faith in God and let Him do the work while I stop the worry.
When you think about the economy, your next paycheck, your children, or the next bills you have to write and you feel a sudden panic, keep in mind that He is in control. Jesus knows what is coming up – He sees it from beginning to end. Think about those ant farms you used to see in the elementary school classrooms. Those little ants couldn’t see past the ant in front of him, but you could. You saw where he came from and where he was going. God is the same way – He sees it all, and as His child, He will never leave you nor forsake you!