“So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or "What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.” (Matt. 6: 31-34a, NAB)
Sometime life can get very difficult, especially when financial times are hard. The pressures of getting bills paid; making sure there is food on the table, can wear a person down. It can affect one’s relationship with one’s family and friends. Tempers get short; one gets impatient with even the littlest mix-ups of daily life. Anxiety can rob one of peace of mind, blood pressure rises, and ulcers start.
So when we read the above passage, it would be natural to say, “Right!” In hard times, faith can be challenged; our prayer will either be angry, or non-existent. But there is truth in what Jesus is saying. To get through the hard times, we need to keep turning to the Father, keep opening our hearts to his love, and trust he will give us the peace we need to get through the hard times.