Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? So don’t worry about these things, saying, “What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?” These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
—Matthew 6:28-33 (NLT)
Toil. Work. Strive. Get ahead. Make more money. Have more, and want more. The world pushes us on, and we succumb to its siren call until life becomes a huge empty void of desire instead of the gift God intended. With that huge empty void to be filled, worry puts down deep roots, and we lose the spiritual understanding that the void can never be filled with the things of this world. The void can only be filled with Him.
In these verses in Matthew 6, Jesus explains how much God loves and cares for us. He tells us not to worry about what is ahead, but to have faith. The world worries about tomorrow. The ones who believe in Him should know better. If we will place God first—devoting our lives to Him with integrity and honesty—making Him more important than any need, whether real or perceived—He will meet our real needs. He will take care of us beyond what we ever imagined with our natural minds.
My father was raised a Quaker, and he was taught that simplicity of life was something to be sought. Joy and fulfillment were not to be found in how many things you own. They were discovered in how many wants you give up. We are only stewards of what we have. We do not own anything. My father left this life the way he came into it—with nothing he owned in the world, but with only what he had in Jesus.
Fill your empty void with His presence each day until the things you think you need are no more. Draw near to Him, and He will draw near to you. He will supply what He knows you need. The stock market may plunge or peak. Circumstances may whirl beyond comprehension. The government may play political chess, but you will remain secure in His plan for your life. He will not forsake you, and you will be dressed as the lilies of the field—gloriously adorned in Him.
© 2018 Lynn Lacher