I’ve been doing the Urbana15 Matthew challenge (going through the book of Matthew in 47 days) and today’s little devotional text asked me if I had posted anything about my thoughts on Matthew yet (which I’m supposed to be doing daily; just something short and sweet) but I’ve been lazy about it because I either reflect for a very, very long time or I don’t at all (save for the 15 minutes that’s required to get through understanding the text). So, here is a tidbit of my reflection on Matthew 6:19-34.
I am an avid worrier so this passage does wonders for me.
There is a particular verse that makes me weak in the knees and strong in the heart. God explains how the grass of the field is clothed in lilies and splendor, that which Solomon was not even dressed like. He says, “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (v.30) This verse makes me feel incredibly loved. I imagine God is looking at me with His hands on His hips as He juts His chin out at the grass.
God: “That’s grass.”
Me: “….yes, Father.”
God: “Do you think I care about grass?”
Me: “Erm….no… Probably not…I don’t know?”
God: “Do you think I care about you?”
Me: “Yes. Without a doubt, I know you do.”
God: “More than grass.”
Me: “Yes, much more than grass.”
God: “Then how much more will I take care of you?”
(and He says the last line with this gentle smile on His face because He can see the wheels of my brain turning ever so slowly and He’s so patient as I work out and remember just how much He loves me)
It is this silly exchange in my head that makes me marvel at how stupid I can be sometimes. Why do I worry so much about my life when I know that God cares for me and fully intends to take care of me?
Jesus doesn’t just say, “Do not worry,” as a simple encouragement or motivation to seek after kingdom oriented things. He says it as a command and He fully expects us to obey. To disobey is to indicate our lack of faith in the Lord.
So, here’s to taking more leaps of faith.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.