This clever scrub blue jay is carefully looking left and right before hiding away his treasured peanuts. His behavior is called “caching” rather than “hoarding,” a term used for rodents. Caching is normally more short term and seasonal. And though he lives in a family group, he will not share. He selfishly hides the food and retrieves it in secret! There are no posted store signs to discourage this behavior and there is no one to see an overloaded shopping cart!
Today’s verse reassures the believer that not only is the Lord aware of shortages, but He promises to meet our basic needs. There is never a question that God will not have enough. Riches in Christ Jesus are infinite and not subject to the variance of supply and demand. Paul says he is “amply supplied’ and that he even has more than enough (verse 18) thanks to their gifts. He then assures them that because of their sharing, God will see to it that they do not lack for anything needed.
When I see shortages at the stores during this unusual time of pandemic, there is the temptation to “squirrel away” much more than I need. To some extent, stockpiling can be a reasonable response. But when it becomes hoarding or caching is when I have no intention of sharing with others. I know the Lord does not honor that kind of selfish spirit. Panic-induced hoarding can signal in me a lack of trust in my Heavenly Father. He does not ask me to put toilet paper first, but His Kingdom (Matt. 6:33). And when I do He takes care of all the rest.
Thank you Lord, that You meet all my needs.