30th March 2012

Let God Nurture You

“Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour 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, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith?”
Luke 12:27-28 NIV UK

With spring on its way it’s a delight to see the daffodils and all the early flowers.

How do they grow? Is it because of the work they put in on their own behalf? Do they develop by being anxious and full of worry? The answer is that they are designed to grow by what they receive. God has blessed them with a weather pattern by which they get the sun and the rain, and also with an insect population that prepares their soil and pollinates them. Their growth is linked directly to what they receive.

Jesus uses the example of the lilies to help us rely on what only God can provide, God alone gives us peace of mind in a troubled world. His grace is sufficient for our spiritual growth. We need to be receptive to what he gives. Imagine a flower that rejects the sun and the gentle rain. It would not make sense. Therefore we should not close ourselves up to the goodness of God.

Next time you notice a beautiful flower, take a lesson from it. Its beauty exists because it was built to receive. We too are built that way.

Don’t worry. Consider how the flowers grow.

Receive the grace and peace of God.

Father, thank you for the beauty of the flowers we see around us. Help us to relax and receive what you give to us. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson

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