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Money Matters: Dress Like Flowers

by in Soul Food

"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?" (Matthew 6:28-30)

Here's Jesus' logic when it comes to worrying about not being able to buy clothes for yourself or your family: God clothes the flowers. They look nice. God likes you more than flowers. God will clothe you. Trust God.

The logic is air tight. The problem in our culture is that very few of us are worried we might get so poor we'll have to walk around naked. Some of the first hearers of Jesus' words did worry about that. We're more likely to worry that we might be so poor, we'll have to walk around looking like we're poor. We might not be able to buy the "right" shoes, shirts, pants, etc.

Two things about that: A) God does care about how we look. He created the beauty of lilies. He's got good taste. B) However, God cares a lot more about our gratitude for and contentment with what He provides for us today — even if it's not the clothes we wish we could buy — than He cares about us looking good in our own eyes. If you're not grateful for what you have now, you're not likely to be grateful for long when you get what you think you really want.

Think: Do you ever worry about money for clothes? Do you believe God cares that you worry about that? Why or why not?

Pray: Thank God for all the clothes you have right now. Ask Him to help you learn to be content with what He provides for you.

Do: Read 1 Timothy 6:6-10.

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