Today, Toyota announced that it would be closing its Northern Kentucky headquarters to consolidate business operations. According to an article by Dan Horn posted to news.cincinnati.com, a Toyota spokesman said the move was the right business decision. While it may be the best financial decision for Toyota, it will cost 1,600 people their current jobs. Those people will be given opportunities at other Toyota locations, but will most likely have to move out of the Tri-State to places like Texas and Michigan. The announcement came as a shock to most, if not all, of the people working for Toyota in Erlanger.
In Luke 12:29-31, Jesus states, “‘Don’t seek what you will eat or what you will drink; neither be anxious. For the nations of the world seek after all of these things, but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek God’s Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you.’” The words of Jesus can sometimes be difficult to apply to one’s daily life, and this passage seems to be no exception. Concern over jobs and financial difficulty can lead to heavy worry. However, Jesus tells his followers that those who seek the Kingdom of God will have what they need provided.
Throughout the Bible and history, God is a God who provides for his people. Genesis 22:14 reminds Cincinnati Christians that God provides; “Abraham called the name of that place Yahweh Will Provide. As it is said to this day, ‘On Yahweh’s mountain, it will be provided.’” Those who trust in Christ and follow after him are promised provision for their lives. Cincinnati Christians should be an example of living at peace with the provision of God and trusting him for what they need. Scripture is full of examples of how God provided for the needs of his people, and Christians in the greater Cincinnati area need to remember his goodness during troubled times.