Saturday, September 22, 2007

Faith Like a Child

"Don't worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" Matthew 6:25-27

I see the simple trust and faith that my children have in my wife and me. They don't concern themselves with the details of how we continue to pay for day-to-day life, how their dinner is provided for, how they have clothing to wear or how we can go to the store to buy school supplies or an afternoon snack. They implicitly trust and are never worried about the stability of their lives and our family. Instead of being consumed with anxiety they spend their days playing, learning, growing.

The passage in Matthew ends with a great promise. "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matthew 6:33). Oh, that we would seek after things of the kingdom rather than worrying about trivial things. Oh, that we would spend our time growing in the ways of God instead of seeking after the clothing that will make us look good or the myriad of food choices that we have. Eternally, without laying hold of the kingdom of God it really won't matter much what we ate or what we wore. And as we seek his kingdom, God has promised to provide for our needs so that we will bear much fruit for his honor and glory. As Jesus suggests, isn't that life more important than food or clothing?

God help us to put our trust in you for the things of this life. Do not let us be filled with faithless worry. Consume us with your greatness that we will abandon ourselves for the sake of your kingdom.

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