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Consider the 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! Luke 12:27-28

In this day and age that we are living in, it is very much an era that leans on convenience. We get used to having everything we need at our fingertips. When things spiral out of control, we tend to panic and fear instead of living by faith. God knows that it is our human nature to worry, but He gives us security in His word that He will take care of us. He told us in His word about the troubles the world will see, but He does this to give us peace in knowing that He holds our future. He has already seen the future so we can have peace in knowing that nothing surprises God (John 16:33). The bible speaks of plagues, earthquakes, and famine. We are very much in the last days as our generation is watching these things unfold (Matt. 24:7, Luke 21:11). God knows what we need to survive, and if we trust and obey Him, we will lack nothing; He is our shepherd (Psalm 23, Psalm 34:9, Luke 22:35). The Israelite’s continually complained during their time in the wilderness, but God always provided. They felt they had to stock up as much as they could for the days ahead, but God had fresh manna for them every morning (Exodus 16). God is saying, “quit worrying about tomorrow.” Seek the kingdom of God, and all things shall be added to you (Matt. 6:34).

God allows things to happen sometimes to reveal the hardness of men’s hearts; so, we will turn to Him. In Exodus, Pharaoh hardened his heart toward God, instead of repenting during the plagues. But, one thing he could not deny was that the people of God were supernaturally untouched, even though thousands were falling at their sides (Psalm 91:7). Psalm 91 says that if we take refuge in God, we are safe; that no plague will come near our dwelling place. Though we will see tragedy with our eyes, we know that no matter what happens, in God we have the promise of everlasting life, and protection while we are here. God’s will is going to be done here on earth, as it is in heaven (Matt. 6:10). Psalm 91 is the greatest prayer and comfort in times such as these. He is our refuge in time of need (Psalm 121:1). Consider the lilies and how beautifully God designed them, and cares for them; causing them to flourish. How much more does He care for us? Let’s choose to walk in faith instead of walking in fear, because there is no fear in love, and God’s love for us is perfect (1 John. 4:18).

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

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