Here we are, in the middle of the work-week, and do we ask ourselves if we
are growing any in the Lord? Do we see any progression in our spiritual
life? Is there a lot of toiling and spinning of our wheels in our study
and meditation, or in all our efforts, to see little growth if any?
Jesus says: "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil
not, neither do they spin..." Luke 12:27a To
produce all that Solomon had, there was a lot of toiling and spinning that went
on. Jesus is saying, "that is not the way for you. Rest in Me as the
If we could ask the lilies, or a grape vine, or an apple tree, how they grow
so rapidly and with such success, their answer would be that they are not
concerned about their growing, and are hardly conscious that they do grow.
That their Lord has told them to abide in Him, and has promised that, if they do
abide they will certainly bring forth much fruit; and that they are concerned,
therefore, only about the abiding, which is their part, and to leave all else to
the Husbandman, who is able to bring about their success, arrayed in a way that
pleases Him. If they could talk, they might just tell us to study
John 15:1-12 again.
Can one be the garden and the gardener. The lilies are not looking at
themselves, but turning their faces toward the sun. Can we look only unto
Jesus, in the middle of the work-week in this crowded world we live in, leaving
it all in His hands, with no concern about our growth, or what we perceive as a
lack of it?
"I feel as weak as a violet
Alone with the awful sky;
Winds wander, and dews drop earthward,
Rain fall, suns rise and set.
Earth whirls; and all but to prosper
A poor little violet!"
God bless you and yours today, and always keep in mind that you are loved!!!
Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!