Go Rest High On That Mountain (Part 6)

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:25-34 ESV). I’ve gone back to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to illustrate our fourth principle. The fourth reason Jesus gives for not being anxious is that he delights to adorn things. There is beauty in our world because he gets pleasure in making it so. Jesus says, “And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (vv. 28-29). When you see the tress change their colors in the fall even though they have no power to do so and have not worked to make it so, you must draw at least this one conclusion: God delights to adorn things. But if his delight finds expression in adorning nature, that’s here today and gone tomorrow, then surely his delight in adornment will express itself in how he clothes his children! I know the retort well. Some would remind me that very few people are “adorned as Solomon.” That’s true. But we couldn’t do our work if we were. I would only ask this question: Where have you ever seen a disciple of Jesus who did not have the adornment he needed to do what God had called him to do? Be careful. Do not measure the perfection of God’s provision by some standard below his calling. And do not forget that when we have finished carrying our crosses on torn shoulders in this life like Jesus, there will be kingly robes for us all. The measure of our beauty is often not seen outwardly. Take heart that the value of your clothing is beyond worldly...

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