Could it Be a New Con Strategy?
I was walking down the streets of Nairobi when a well-dressed old man approached me. At first I thought that he was asking me for directions but he said, “My son, I am sorry to bother you. I lost my job because of this pandemic. My family and I are struggling, I will not ask you for money but just buy me a kilo of maize flour.”
“This is Nairobi”, I told myself, “But why would such a well dressed old man be in the streets begging? Is it because he is really struggling or does he want to con me? I resolved to give him something and left.
On a different day. This well dressed young man approaches me at Kimathi Street. “Bro, I am not a beggar, I lost my job. I was a chef. All I need from you is if you could help me with bus fare to Westlands, someone has called me for a job interview.” I asked myself, “Is this a coincidence? Why are all these people well dressed and go straight to the point on what they want? Is this some new COVID-19 con strategy?” I gave the young man fare and he really appreciated it.
I may not know if the two people I met in town were taking advantage of me or not. What I know is that most people lost their jobs which were their livelihood. I put myself in their shoes and couldn’t imagine how life would have been if I were a well earning hotel manager who just lost his source of income.
I couldn’t imagine being a pilot with a successful career and a beautiful family but has now lost his job due to the Corona Virus pandemic. It is devastating as a breadwinner to have lost my job and could no longer feed my family. I cannot imagine selling both my car and my wife’s car to fend for my kids. I cannot imagine downsizing to a smaller house and cannot answer my kids’ constant questions, “Papa what is happening?” I cannot comprehend my mental state at the time.
The Bible Says, “Do Not Worry About Life!”
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Matthew 6:25-27 NIV
The Bible tells us to worry not for God is always with us. God tells us to look at the birds of the air who eat and drink and have shelter. He tells us that we are more valuable than them and worrying about this COVID-19 situation won’t help anything.
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
Matthew 6:31-32 NIV
Even in the worst of pandemics, even in the craziest of situations, God tells us not to worry about food because He knows that we need them. These words seem crazy and weird to the common man. They look stupid. Yes, they are that simple but profound.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:31-34 NIV
In the past applying this verse in my life was hard. That is because of what I was conditioned to believe. I was conditioned to believe that you received based on the effort you make. I was conditioned to believe that you must work, work and work, you must hustle and keep trying and trying so that God may see your effort and say, “This child of mine works so hard so it is time to reward him.” I was conditioned to believe that you must undergo pain and suffering first for you to be happy and peaceful. I falsely believed that “Nothing Comes Easy.”
It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.
Psalms 127:2 NKJV
Did the verse just say that He gives sleep to those He loves while others rise up early and hustle in sorrow? So what does this mean? What do I do to get this love? This unfailing love of peaceful sleep and abundant blessings?
Are You Righteous?
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Matthew 6:33 NKJV
This is the most misinterpreted verse of all time. If I may ask, are you righteous? Well, I am. What is being righteous? Is it being perfect? Spotless? Without sin? Is it hating yourself because you sinned? Is it living in condemnation and considering yourself unworthy? The scripture says that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. We are made perfect in Him. Therefore, do you seek His kingdom?
The problem is that we have really concentrated on sin. We really concentrate on how unworthy, and imperfect we are that we forget to seek God’s kingdom. His kingdom is not for perfect beings. It is not for people who are spotless. It is for those who are seeking it. I am in no way advocating that one should sin. Just want to be with God, to have a relationship with him, and be close to Him. Righteousness is to be in the right standing with God.
In this COVID-19 pandemic, you need to believe that things are going to be okay. They will and MUST be okay. Forget about what people say about things getting worse. Remember that in all disasters or tribulations, the righteous are protected. Remember that you are worth more than the birds of the air. Do not worry about tomorrow for worry will only eat you up. Take all worries to Christ and pray for peace that surpasses all human understanding.