And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life’s span? And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith? (Matthew 6:27-30 NASB)
Friday we talked about anxiety, and that is clearly the overarching message here, but today I want to do a little gleaning. Let’s poke around the edges a bit and see what we find.
As a computer programmer (perhaps that is an overstatement) Having done a smattering of computer programming (that feels a bit more honest) I am keenly aware of the power of an “If – Then” statement.
And if Jesus is going to be sharing this “if – then” we can trust it completely.
Jesus does not just say stuff that sounds good. His name is “The Truth.” In fact He told us that He only says what He hears the Father say!
Why am I making a big deal about this. Check this out:
“Will He not much more do so for you” NASB
“He will certainly care for you” NLT
“will he not much more clothe you” NIV
“He will surely do even more for you!” CEV
“shall he not much more clothe you” KJV
“Won't he be all the more sure to clothe you?” GNB
“is he not much more likely to clothe you?” JBP
WOW – how do we miss this. The one who has taken care to arrange for our eternal life, and at no small expense, and not without a seriously detailed plan executed over 4,000 years, this God, is going to overlook the fact that you have no visible means of support?
God is on it.
Jesus is not putting out some overarching principle here. He is not even making a promise. He is just stating an obvious fact.
I love this!
I am kind of thinking - How much more Lord? And I hear Him answer - "exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think" (Eph 3:20) [Tweet This]
See you next time.
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