CONSIDER THE LILIES

Seldom do we hear someone say: “I wonder what the Lord has in store for us this year?” 

Jesus in speaking to his disciples, on one occasion, engaged their attention by speaking of a rich man, with such a good crop from his harvest that he decided to build bigger barns.  Obviously he could have dispersed among the needy, but greed occupied his thinking… bigger barns, “Soul you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry!”  Like so many others his self centered thinking surfaces.

It is very easy to think only of ourselves when things get tough; when the bottom seems to have fallen out, we speak one to another about the economy has gone bad; the weather has not been up to normal; I wonder what I can do to make adjustments; the endless list! Go get a haircut and you will come home with all types of suggestions.

Seldom do we hear someone say: “I wonder what the Lord has in store for us this year?”  The element of anticipation of how He is going to see us through in some very unusual manner is not a priority in our thinking.  Philippians 4:13 should be a priority, a positive outlook on God’s promise: “for I have learned o be content in whatever circumstances I am.”  Of course, the Apostle had encountered all types of negative experiences, but he assures the Philippians: “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)  In my lingo the apostle reminds them: God has enough for all of us—you and I included!

I have mentioned before how generous the folk are in our part of the country.  There are numerous food banks and the tons of food made available to people is astounding.  When you hear the statistics it is grandiose.

Jesus had reminded the folk that it was the provision of bread that He provided that caused them to follow Him.  Their motive was impure; nevertheless He still cared for their need.  We all need reminding on occasion that we, as Christians, are to live by His instructions, not by our feelings.

About those lilies!  “Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you?  You men of little faith!”

One has to admit that we find little, if anything, that equals a single lily in an unusual setting.  My wild flower garden was beautiful this year, and it still remains beautiful, but it did not have a lily out there to sit and gaze upon.  However, our Son in Law came home with one for our daughter.  Such beauty! God sees us in all His beauty; He desires that we reflect Him, the Lily of the field!  In doing so, we accomplish our purpose in life and service for our Savior.   

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