In the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6, Jesus reminds his listeners that God takes care of the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. Jesus then reasons from the lesser to the greater and makes the point that he will certainly take care of people. I read a story by John Lennox about this very subject – God taking care of his people. I thought you would enjoy it:
Many years ago I was in Hungary and met a man whose demeanor impressed me greatly, a humble man of great grace and warmth. I was eager to hear his story. In the communist era he had been a village-school mathematics teacher, but he was also active in the local churches in the area, much in demand as a teacher of Scripture. One day he was summoned to the police station and questioned about his employment.
”You are a math teacher,” they said, ”but you are also a Bible teacher, is not that so?”
”Yes, indeed,” he said, ”I do that in my spare time.”
”And you get paid for it?” they asked.
”Not at all,” he said, ”it is my contribution completely freely given.”
”We do not believe you,” they replied. ”You must therefore choose. Either you continue as a school teacher or as a Bible teacher but not both, and you must give us your decision very soon.”
He went home that night to his family with a heavy heart. He had a large family, and it was not easy to feed them all, yet he decided to discuss the matter with them. He called them together and said, ”I never want you children to be able to say that they were not consulted by their father in big decisions affecting family life.” So he outlined to them the choice he faced. What should he do?
The youngest boy in the family said, ”Dad, I cannot imagine you without a Bible in your hands.”
The decision was made and he had to leave the school. Finding work was difficult, and in the end he had to content himself with the backbreaking work of lifting and carrying heavy slates in a quarry. The slates had sharp edges, and his wife told me that many an evening she had to dress his hands with bandages so that the blood from his many abrasions would not drip onto the Bible he was using in the pulpit.
One day he was called into the manager’s office. ”I hear that you once taught mathematics?”
”Well,” said the foreman, ”I am underqualified for my job, and under new regulations we all need basic qualifications in mathematics. How would you like to teach me, instead of working in the quarry?” He jumped at it and discovered to his joy that his pay was more than he had received as a teacher in the school.
It was a magnificent example of what it means really to serve the Lord in daily work, and I was not surprised to discover that his influence was felt throughout the entire country.
David’s lesson from Psalm 37:25 is always true – “I have been young and I have been old, but I have never seen God’s people forsaken or their seed begging bread.” God will take care of you.