Thursday, June 17, 2010
In His Care
As my boys and I were sitting around the breakfast table and reading scripture, I was amazed of how your eyes can be opened to truths that have been there before and you’ve read before.
That’s it! You’ve read them before but not really seen them. Something I like to do as I read scripture is to read aloud, because I can hear each word I am reading.
In Matthew 6:25-33, really focusing more on verse 33 were it says; “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you” my eyes were opened to see beautiful truth on the pages of scripture that captured and captivated my heart.
In earlier verses it talks about not to worry. How often do we do that though? Everyday, even if we don’t mean to do it purposefully, we do it.
In verses 25-26 He tells us not to worry about our life and all of our needs for it. He says to look at the birds of the air they do not sow, reap nor gather into barns, and our Father feeds them. The word look in Hebrew is emblepo which means to observe fixedly. God is saying to us, really look at them, I take care of them. Our God cares for you and me more than He does for the birds in the air. In Psalm 104:27 it says: “They all wait for you to give them there food in due season”, meaning that God will take care of that need in its appointed time. He knows what we need and He will provide for us in His perfect timing. In Acts 17:28 it says: “for in Him we live, we move and exist; for we also are His children”. He calls us His children. Does He say that about any other created thing? No. He doesn’t. He cares for us and knows us deeply.
As we read along in verses 27-30 He keeps giving us examples of how He takes care of other created things. He even says that even Solomon with all he had all his riches could not clothes himself like the lilies of the fields. In other words riches aren’t everything. How many more examples do we need to get the point?
In verse 30 He talks about how willing He is to do so much more for us if we had more faith and confidence in Him.
In verses 31-33; He reminds us not to be like the gentiles, implying idolatry and ignorance of the one true God, because they put there hope in things and didn’t trust God. They idolize the things of this world.
In Matthew 6:33 says; seek first, here we are being commanded to seek continually. How do we seek? We pray. In Philippians 4:6 it says; be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.” So let’s seek Him, His kingdom and His righteousness, let’s do what is right in His sight and not sin. And it says: all these things shall be added to you. What all things is He talking about? Yes, He is talking about our physical needs, but He is also talking about our spiritual need.
How difficult is it for a person who has abundance of wealth in this world to come to Christ, to give it all up to follow Him? Let’s be content with what we have in Him. In Psalm 112:3 says: “Wealth and riches are in His house, and His righteousness endures forever”.
We are wealthier than any other rich person, because of who we are in Him.
Heavenly Father, thank you for calling us your children. Thank you for caring for us in ways we cannot comprehend and for taking care of our every need. Thank you because we are full and rich in You.