In this season of such uncertainty, fear and isolation, it can be easy to feel swayed by every piece of bad news, circumstances or the narrative of hopelessness that surrounds us. In those times when you feel uneasy or anxious, here are four Biblical truths you can hold on to.
1. God is your provider
If you need any reassurance that Jesus has promised to take care of you in this cost of living crisis, you’ll find it in Matthew 6. Woven throughout 34 verses is a beautiful thread of God’s loving provision, how he sees our hidden and individual needs and promises to sustain us.
When Jesus taught the disciples how to pray, he chose to include the phrase ‘give us this day our daily bread’. This small but powerful statement reflects deep trust in God no matter the circumstances.
When the Israelites were in the desert, God sustained them with manna (a wafer bread-like substance) every day for 40 years. They had nothing left to sustain them; the plan wasn’t to be in the desert for 40 years! But God made a promise and he kept it, and Jesus tells us to ask God for the same daily provision.
Jesus also makes a point of telling the disciples not to worry about what they’ll eat or drink (verses 25–34). Worry, he explains, does not add any hours to your life, and he says that he even feeds the birds. How much more, he says, will he provide for us, for we are far more valuable to him.
Whether you’re doing a great job of budgeting, saving and preparing for the future, or whether, like the birds, you’re only able to source what you need for each day, God promises to take care of you anyway.