We all realise more and more that Covid-19 is no longer just about a dangerous virus, but about a deep recession too, with businesses going under and a financial impact on each and every one of us! The question in many a heart is: Can Covid-19 take the bread from my table? For every god-fearing and righteous person, the answer will be NO!
For in Psalm 37:25, David writes, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”. This was David’s experience, and this is what I have experienced in all my life too. And I have seen it in the lives of many who live a righteous life!
If we trust God, and take refuge with Him, then we can answer the question, “How will we cope?” with what is written in Psalm 46:1, that God is always present in the midst of all our trials, and that He is experienced to help in trouble. Therefore, we should never fear, even if “the earth should change and the mountains be shaken and slip into the heart of the seas.” (V.2.)
I firmly believe what is written in Matt.6:31-33, where Jesus Himself tells us that we should not worry about what we will eat and what we will wear. “For your heavenly Father knows that we need these things,” He said. But then He comes with the condition: “But first seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Despite a recession and job losses, we will experience that God provides all the things we need, if only we fulfil this condition!
I found the answer what it means to seek the kingdom of God in Matt.7:22. Here Jesus says that when we do the will of His Father, then we enter into His kingdom! In this kingdom God Himself is our protector! And the will of the Father is clearly written in the Bible. I just have to live according to what is written there. For example: As it is written that I have to forgive the wrongs that others have done to me, then I should just do it! Then I find more of God’s kingdom and experience His care and protection!
And to seek God’s righteousness, for me simply means that I have to do what is right in the eyes of God! It is a gross unrighteousness not to believe and to doubt what God Himself has said! If He has said that He will take care of me if I seek His kingdom and His righteousness first, then I must believe it just as it is written! And never doubt it!
With the recession, both employer and employee are struggling to keep ‘afloat’. If I am a righteous employer, I’ll do my very best to care for my employees. That means that I have to make sacrifices. And if I am an employee, it is only righteousness for me to bring my part also, to do whatever I can to help and make sacrifices too. If I am lazy and expect my employer to bring all the sacrifices, and that he should bear all the responsibility for my well-being, while I take life easy and just demand “my right”, that would be unrighteous! Then I can’t expect God to fulfil His side of the promise, which is to take care of me, because I am not fulfilling His conditions. And if I, whether I am the employer or the employee, should lie and cheat and tell soppy stories to beg and get as much as possible for myself, then I will never experience how God cares for the righteous.
We have to cast all unrighteousness out of our lives, then we’ll experience God’s tremendous care in this time! He cares in detail, that is why Jesus said, “Even all your hairs are counted”! Every word that He said in the Bible is 100% true! This is what I have experienced in my own life.