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Certain Bible verses stump me. They pose a thought or idea my mind cannot fully grasp. Over time some of them have become clearer with practice, persistence and patience. These are some of those verses:
“And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!” Matthew 6:28-30
The first time I read those words, I pursed my eyebrows together and thought, “What on earth is this talking about? How does God fit a pair of jeans on a lily?”
I didn’t get it.
I couldn’t fathom how God would cloth a person as easily as he decorates a flower, it’s so much more complicated than photosynthesis, right? I mean there are styles to consider and fit.
I could easily spend an hour in any given store trying on item after item and wind up not buying a thing. How would God carry out such a feat?
I’ve spoken with many people about how they assume I shouldn’t take scripture literally. They’d tell me it’s an example of God’s strength and capacity, not His fabrication methods.
But in other parts of scripture, He’s darn literal. I mean Jesus didn’t figuratively die on a cross, He really sacrificed Himself. Peter didn’t figuratively deny knowing Him, he outlined it in detail. So, what if God truly desires to cloth us?
I never imagined I’d be testing this, but God does invite testing in one arena. Our money.
In other stuff, He repeated points out, not to test the Him, but monetarily He says, “Go ahead.” Actually, He put it this way:
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,‘ says the LORD of hosts, ‘if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.” Malachi 3:10
Now that’s a lofty promise onto which we often attach our own expectations. We think He might give us more money, and He might. We imagine He could grant us a better job, and He might. But often, we get so concerned with our own capacity to make a buck and pay off our own debts, we fail to put Him to the test.
Tomorrow, I’ll tell you more about this test, but for today:
My choice today:
Trust God enough to take a risk for Him.