Monday, August 01, 2016

Consider the Lilies

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Where beauty in perfection shines,
and crowns the hill of God,
e'en Zion's hill, from thence the Lord
in glory shone abroad.
 —Psalm 50:2
Suggested tune: Capel (CM)

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!
—Luke 12:27-28
What a beautiful lesson Jesus has taught us of rest and quietness from the lilies! 'Consider the lilies,' he says, 'how they grow: they neither toil nor spin.' He is trying to teach us how free we can be—free from all earthly cares and anxieties. The lily does not struggle; it has no anxieties about its future; but it grows. It grows to be beautiful. Even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of them. God paints the flower with greater beauty than the robes of kings. If you would be beautiful, you must rest in the Lord. Just a little struggling, and you will mar the whole. Christ wants to reveal himself through you. He will shine the beauty of his own glorious person into your soul if you will but be quiet. Have no anxieties about the things that pertain to this life, and Jesus will clothe you with the beauties of heaven. Character, as the years pass on, is revealed on the face. The miser's face shows the miserly condition of his heart. Jesus will stamp his own image upon the soul if the soul is kept in quietness, and this image will stand out in beauty on the face and outward life.
 —James Orr
Help me to see the beauty you create, O God, both in myself and others; and prevent me from trusting more in the world's wealth than in your glory...
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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