have you ever considered the lilies?

In considering the lily, or of any flower, we should pause to think about the Creator of the flower and His providence over our lives. If God has taken such measures to array the flowers with such beauty and mystery, as Jesus so points out, what right do we have in grumbling against the Creator about how we wish things were different for us than providence has allowed.  Are we like Tevye from The Fiddler on the Roof, who sang “If I Were A Rich Man,” and constantly grumbled against God’s providence, though he denied that his grumbling was complaining.  Rather, we ought to remember that God is intimately acquainted with us in every detail and in every respect; He has so ordered and created us perfectly, even in the Savior Jesus Christ.  He orders our steps, and He leads us down every path of righteousness for His name’s sake.  Sometimes these paths can be difficult, but worrying about what we shall wear and what we shall eat, and the daily necessities which the Lord has promised to provide is something wicked men do, not redeemed men in Christ.  We, then, ought to continually and completely trust in His power to provide all things for us, especially our daily bread.  All things are working for our good, even the occasional lack of bread.  We are clothed in a righteousness that no lily could ever claim, and so we do not live by bread alone but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.  Jesus Christ is our lily of the Valley and bright and morning star.  All our needs have been, are, and shall be provided by Him for His own glory.  Might we glean all this from considering a lily?

*taken from Have you Ever Considered the Lilies of the Field? by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon
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