Daily Devotions for Monday: by turtle30c
Luke 12:22-40 KJV
(22) And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
(23) The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
(24) Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
(25) And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
(26) If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
(27) Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
(28) If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
(29) And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
(30) For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
(31) But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
(32) Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
(33) Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
(34) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
(35) Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
(36) And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
(37) Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
(38) And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
(39) And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
(40) Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
Jesus speaks on God’s provision and a nudist colony without clothes is arrayed in the beauty God intend in the garden of Eden but not the garden of this earth. God provided a fur coat for Adam and Eve, before he sent them outside of paradise. God provision might not seem like much at times. Our value of wealth often seen in shiny new outfits, with buttons that match. No moth eaten wool sweaters, or things of wealth. The new shoes with fancy shoe laces, and stockings with shiny new high heels. All seem like better provisions then those hand me downs from the neighbor down the street. Yet God’s provision was described as being equally as beautiful as the way the flowers were clothed in the field. How birds of the field were cared for. None of these creatures of plants had hand me downs. Yet the only new outfits birds got is when their feathers molted and flowers die only to rise again through their seeds. What God provides will meet our need whether it is hand me down, or brand new from the store.
Yet God does not expect us to be idle. He does not expect us not to work. God’s blessings are not handouts all the time. God created man to take care of His handiwork. He created man not to be idle but to use the mind He gave them. Our treasure is where our heart is. Is our heart in heaven or on the things of this earth. Ezekiel when he prophesied laid naked painting pictures. Sounds insane to us in this day and time. Yet not completely to the people of areas that anything can happen. If you live in a rule community there are things that never happen like Ezekiel laying naked in the public square. Or if it happens it is quickly covered up inanity plea. Was Ezekiel clothed by God. Did he need clothing. The insanity of God is often displayed in child like arguments that make no sense to the human concept of what it means to be ckithed or unclothed. To the king that eats like royalty to the starving of the poor. It makes no rational sense to this passage. Do we throw it out. No.
The fishermen still fished when they were with Jesus. Though they left their nets when first called they still fished. Laboring for our needs is nothing new. It is something vital for living. The generosity of others is often short lived but can be blessing from God. Ezekiel story is not the norm, but his willingness to do the will of God went to extreme. The poverty we see in this world makes no sense to us. If you go to utube and look around you might see the images of starving children who are so thin that their bones stick out beyond their skin.
Our tears knowing some will not make the next day because of starvation makes one ask why Lord. We look at the impoverish and ask the same question how can we help change the conditions. In truth this passage is talking about the believer that follows God’s instruction. Not about the rest of the world. That in itself seems cruel because are we not all God’s children. God’s children are the ones that obey and seek Him. What happened to those in regions around the world to cause poverty and inability to survive. Was it sickness, famine, or not enough rain and sun to grow a productive crop.
God gives man a responsibility to take care of others and to teach. In the passage it talks about not being idle, but be in obedience to God and laboring. Yet one can loose their job in a day and find themselves soon in soup kitchen line or on the streets with nothing. It makes no sense to those of us who have always had what we need. Yet for me I watched a man go from steady work to injury to having to wonder how one would make ends meet. And God’s provision was there all the time. God’s provision might not be ruby slippers, but they are streets of gold coming to his children that obey him when they are in distress, in need and seeking not always God’s way. Learning to walk through trials and harship of life is half the battle. When the last time you asked God for a T bone steak, and still found yourself with a bowl of beans.
God never planned us to be idle. Our treasures are not of this world but of heaven. The treasurers of earth is from the earth that God created. God knows our need to work, to live, to love. Yet man is still bowing down to man, instead of asking God. God has a reason and a purpose for hardships we go through.
Dear Heavenly Father give us strength no matter where we find ourselves in this world, whether with fancy shoes, or need of shoes, you know what is best, help us to seek you first and rely you and open doors of provision. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Daily Bible Verses: Matthew 6:33-34 KJV
(33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
(34) Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Daily God’s Promise: 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 KJV
(3) Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
(4) Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
(5) For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
(6) And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
(7) And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.