The Lily in the Field

Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Jesus teaches us so much. Here he unfolded some of the greatest truths of the universe using the simple things of creation. Flowers of all kinds are pretty. I love to smell honeysuckle in June. The wildflowers in the field are beautiful. Even the thistle has a bloom. It’s just amazing how God created the world. He’s woven a beauty into it all.  Bees eat on the flowers; they make honey and something else eats them and something eats that. God put it all together and he takes care of every part of nature.

Even the components that keep us together are under him. By him was everything made and by him they consist–keep on going.  If we’re 96-97% water, why don’t we see that water? God put us all together and if he were to raise his hand from caring for us we’d be hurting. It’s the working of life. In Genesis he made water first so there would be a means to make all things. Later he took dust and created man. Breathing into him the breath of life he became a living soul. God is the reason for our existence.  Of all the sins in Romans 1–the list progresses as it goes–but it begins with unthankfulness. The sin of unbelief and rejection in the one who gave us life and being so unthankful to say “I’m here by my own means” is heard often. Where and what would we be without God!

We concern ourselves with what we’ll eat and drink, how we’ll dress but it becomes a sin when we quit trusting God. We’re not immune to hard times. God still cares for us. Be thankful for how he cares even if it doesn’t suit us. He’s never let us down. Don’t be confused about his care. It doesn’t mean you have everything you want and all goes your way. The right picture is we are depending on God’s care. Whether we realize it or not, he is and will care for us as if we’re the only one to care for. He looks at us as his children. We don’t take care of him. We’re not on the same level with God. He doesn’t have to depend on us; he just wants to.

What about this?  Or that? It is one thing to wonder about things but another to be anxious and blame God; that puts him down. Jesus pointed it out.  Look around and see how God cares for the fowls of the air. There were probably flying around with worms in their mouths as he spoke. They don’t reap or sow but they always have something to eat. God is providing. Then he said to consider the lilies. They were not working. They didn’t try to outdo another flower. God made them all pretty. There’s even a use for what we call weeds. Nothing goes to waste with God.  God gives color and shape. Nobody can beat the design of the creator! No two people are alike. Can we add to our stature? No. We can’t change what we are but God can change who we are, a sinner. Hasn’t he always taken care of you!

If he’s so meticulous to care for the flowers, how much more does he care for us. Never say “God is not taking care of me.”  He will see us through. Flowers have a rough time now and then. Sometimes birds can’t fly in a storm. Roost for a while. Regardless of what kind of day you’re having, God still cares.  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Verses 33-34 say But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.  This is the key. Quit focusing on self. Be concerned with putting God first. How can we make it?  One day at a time while God takes care of us. The God of yesterday will be God today and tomorrow.  What better thing to do but put him first and seek his will.

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