The cure of anxiety (part 4)
• Consider the lilies of the field, faith in God’s love and care
28) Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,
29)yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30)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?
The second prescription is to CONSIDER
This is the second imperative, or command.
What must I do, to get delivered of anxiety?
Consider the lilies of the field. God clothes them, more beautifully than Solomon in all his glory, more gloriously than anyone can be clothed in this world. More exquisitely than anyone can be clothed in the world. God created beauty and God created the flowers and the lilies and the wild lilies and the roses. Consider, that means, think deeply about, ponder, meditate if you will, consider. Think about God’s works of creation, how he sustains and beautifies creation.
Look at the plants.
Who causes them to grow?
Who sends the rain?
Who causes oxygen and nitrogen to be in the air?
Who causes the wind to blow?
Who causes bees to pollinate plants and for seeds to be scattered across the world?
Who created different kinds of seeds, seeds of plants, flowers and roses? Who created this clothing of the lilies?
Was it chance?
Did it all happen by chance?
Not at all!
God did it!
Consider the power and wisdom of God! Consider God! Consider his insight and sustaining hand and his hands of care and love over creation! CONSIDER!
If God clothes the lilies and flowers of the field, will he not much more clothe you, you who are made in the image of God, you who are more valuable than gold and silver, for whom Christ died, and gave his life, his last breath!?
Will he not much more clothe you and care for you and sustain you and provide for you, clothes and food and money and all that you need! Consider!
Consider the Creator! Consider! Think! Let your mind be renewed by the word of God.
Consider and believe! Believe that God will clothe you as well. Because you are more valuable than lilies and flowers and plants.
Consider, consider the works of God!