CONSIDER THE LILIES



Matthew 6:28-30
Jesus used word pictures many times. He would use things in nature to help His listeners to understand the lessons He was teaching. Here Jesus uses flowers to teach us to trust God to meet our needs, specifically the need for clothing.

Mat 6:28  And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

"they toil not, neither do they spin"

The lilies don't work and get fatigued like a man who plants a field of flax and nourishes it, then harvests the mature plants, then  separates the fibers from the straw. Or maybe the man's clothing was made of wool which also involved a different kind of working process, and then there was silk. Whichever raw material that was used was probably turned over to the women who would spin the fibers together to make a thread or yarn. By the way, that is where the term spinster came from. Anyway, the thread was then woven with a weavers loom into the fabric for the making of the clothing.

Mat 6:29  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Solomon was the richest of all the kings of Israel. But even in his most regal robe and crown, he could not compare to the beauty of the lily, which God "clothed." Some of the Eastern kings of that day would wear a white robe, but none of their robes could be a more pure white than that of the lily which God made. Have you ever looked closely at a lily. Some lilies even have a sort of glitter, like little jewels. The next time you get a chance, look at a Spider lily and notice the little red glitter on the petals. It's gorgeous!

6:30  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Jesus is saying, if God would make the flowers, which will fade away, (they have no soul) so beautifully clothed; he will doubtless provide us with the clothing we need. Then he makes a connection between our faith and His provision. We must trust God and believe that he will provide what we need.

I have to give you this experience that I had as a new Christian. I was not in church at all before I was saved, and I didn't wear dresses or the shoes that went with them. So I needed both. I remember a time when I prayed for some shoes to wear to church. It wasn't long before I got those shoes. A visiting evangelists wife invited me out to her camper and gave me several pairs of shoes that fit me perfect. I had never met her until that week. You can imagine what that did to my faith as a new Christian!

Consider the lilies. God loves us and cares for us much more than lilies. We are his precious blood-bought, adopted children. He delights in providing for us and taking care of us! The next time we have a need, even if it is just a pair of shoes, let's just ask Him, watch Him provide and then be sure to thank Him and give Him glory.

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