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God Dresses the Grass
Monday, January 18, 2021
by Dr. Paul Chappell
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? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
One of the most widespread and pervasive problems in the world today is worry. And Christians are not exempt from the temptation to give in to this deadly disease. Truly there is much around us that is unsettling and uncertain. None of us knows what the future holds. Yet no matter what is going on around us, we have the unfailing assurance that our loving Father in Heaven is aware of our needs and will work to meet them.
Even the necessities of life, something to eat and something to wear, are not too small for God’s concern. Jesus told His disciples that the world’s people keep their focus on things like this. We can justify such a focus by pointing to the necessity of these items, but that is not how God means for us to live. Instead, He calls us to focus on His kingdom and on living righteously in the world. In return, He promises to meet all of our needs.
Jesus used His creative beauty and glory for even short-lived flowers and the provision He has made even for the smallest birds to illustrate the detail of God’s watchful care over His creation. “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:7). If we trust God, we need not live with worry.
Today’s Growth Principle:
The God that cares for and helps even birds and flowers is much more concerned with our needs.