|“Why Take Ye Thought?”|
Thursday, May 05, 2022
by Dr. Paul Chappell
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 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?
Thomas Carlyle, known as the “Sage of Chelsea,” was one of the leading lights of England’s literary community in the 1800s. A prolific historian, novelist and essayist, Carlyle was renowned for his way with words. To make his work time more productive, Carlyle had a special soundproof room built in his London home so that he would not be disturbed by the noise of the town. His efforts proved ineffective against the crowing of a neighbor’s rooster. Hearing Carlyle’s complaint his neighbor protested that the rooster only crowed two or three times a day. Carlyle was not mollified and responded, “If you only knew what I suffer waiting for that cock to crow!”
There are plenty of things that are real problems with which we have to deal. We certainly do not need to cripple ourselves with worry about things that have not yet and may not ever happen. As God’s children, we are never abandoned or left on our own. He knows every need we have before we are even aware of it, and He has already planned the solution to our problems before they arise. It is a slander against His love for us to worry. He does not promise us that nothing will ever go wrong, or that things will always turn out the way we would like them to. He does promise to never leave us nor forsake us. He does promise to meet our needs.
Today’s Growth Principle:
If our hearts and minds are filled with worry, we do not love and trust God as we should.