Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Consider the Lilies

Consider the lilies, God says. I can do that. They’re beautiful. Colors, shapes, textures—all different, yet adorned in magnificence. If God can create such beauty on the earth, can’t He create it in us as well?


Interviews, jobs, meetings, conferences: whatever the event, we humans worry about our physical presentations. We must have the right clothes, the right look, the right hairstyle. Our worries focus too much on our image and what others think of us.

It's a needless amount of worry that invades our lives. We get so caught up in impressing people with our clothes that we forget about dressing up our hearts. Of course many of our jobs require certain dress codes, but sometimes we tend to spend more time on our outward appearance than on our inner person. Shouldn’t our lives be about adorning our hearts with the cloak of God rather than clothing our bodies with fancy apparel?

Jesus told His disciples not to worry about what clothes to wear because the body is worth more than clothing. The Garden of Eden is a perfect example of what He meant. God created Adam and Eve, placing them in His newly designed universe. It was paradise and they didn’t have a care in the world. Scriptures says that the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed (Genesis 2:25). They were living in joyful union with the Heavenly Father.

But bliss lasted only for a while as sin entered into God’s creation and into the hearts of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3). The serpent Satan tempted Eve who, in turn, tempted Adam. Scripture then says that their eyes were opened (they were probably ashamed), they knew they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together to make themselves coverings. With their leafy clothes, they were trying to hide their shamefulness from God. They weren’t clothed in His goodness anymore because of the broken relationship with Him. They tried to cover their sin by covering their bodies (Genesis 3:7). God was not fooled.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not advocating nakedness as proof that you are clothed with the righteousness of God, God’s goodness. But don’t our concerns lean more toward our outward appearances rather than our inward conditions? Our wrongs, our worry, our disobedience, our lack of trust—aren’t these sins evidence of our faithlessness in a faithful God? If God can clothe the grasses and flowers which beautifully grow on earth for a short time, then He can take care of His most treasured creation whom He dearly loves, right? He can enter our hearts and grant us faith in Him.

Right after sin entered into the world, God set in motion a plan to make us right with Him (Genesis 3:15). He sent His Son to die in our place so that we might gain His righteousness. Jesus put on our sins as He died a cruel death, and when we believe in Him as Savior of the world, He clothes us in His righteousness, cleaning up our hearts (John 3:16-17). Before we seek after the things of this earth or worry about our life, we must first seek God and His kingdom through Jesus Christ and then He will take care of everything we need (Luke 12:29-31). He will clothe us with His power (Luke 24:49).

Read the verses below about how God takes care of the ravens (last blog post) and the lilies. Allow His words to fill you with a belief that Jesus will take care of your life.

And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters? 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! And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Luke 12:22-31 (NASB)
Now praise God for His favor to earth and man with Psalm 65.  

There will be silence before You, and praise in Zion, O God,
And to You the vow will be performed.
O You who hear prayer,
To You all men come.
Iniquities prevail against me;
As for our transgressions, You forgive them.
How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You
To dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple.

By awesome deeds You answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation,
You who are the trust of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea;
Who establishes the mountains by His strength,
Being girded with might;
Who stills the roaring of the seas,
The roaring of their waves, And the tumult of the peoples.
They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs;
You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.

You visit the earth and cause it to overflow;
You greatly enrich it; The stream of God is full of water; You prepare their grain, for thus You prepare the earth.
You water its furrows abundantly,
You settle its ridges, You soften it with showers, You bless its growth.
You have crowned the year with Your bounty,
And Your paths drip with fatness.
The pastures of the wilderness drip,
And the hills gird themselves with rejoicing.
The meadows are clothed with flocks
And the valleys are covered with grain; They shout for joy, yes, they sing. (NASB)

Thank you, Jesus, for providing us with the provisions we need to live this life. Help us to trust You and not give in to worry. We look to You, Lord God, for all things. AMEN.

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