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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Consider the Lilies

Mathew 6:25-34 encourages us not to worry.

"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing?

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Therefore do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat?' or "What shall we drink?' or "What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.

If God could send us an e-mail on today's situation in America, I think it would be this passage of scripture. We desperately need to trust him for every moment of our lives.

And yet....I have lived my entire life trying to find truth in all that's around me. I question everything and I understand that even the slightest slip of the tongue or comment can give me insight into a person's heart. For example, if I'm counseling with someone and trying to figure out whether or not he's telling the truth - I'll listen very closely to every word he uses and I'll watch his body language for clues.

For me, this above scripture is a clue into how God looks at our world. Here he is the "Almighty" dealing with stars and planets and huge events in the universe. Yet, Jesus tells us to look at the most insignificant things for a glimpse of the power of God and his ability to take care of us. So in my thinking, God is watching all of us for tiny clues. Of course he can see into our hearts and minds - but perhaps God is suggesting that we use our "detective" resources to determine the "true nature" of those around us.

If you want to practice, look at this comment on the election by a mother concerned about her child's future and the future of this country. What do you think this candidate really meant?

God loves you,


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