2007-03-13

more thoughts...

"For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? "And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? "And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. "But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! "Do not worry then, saying, `What will we eat?' or `What will we drink?' or `What will we wear for clothing?' "For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

A number of thoughts about this:

First of all, that Björk song I just posted reminds me of this passage...

Secondly, I think that in trying to provide for ourselves (as a human race in general), we have largely ended up destroying the things that would have provided for us naturally had we just left them alone.

Thirdly, this passage makes a really important point, in that we are so often concerned with the outward things; food, clothing, shelter, our behavior, thoughts, etc... and we seldom look deeper than those things. However, as this passage says, the root problem here is that we have a broken relationship with God. Seek Him first and the rest will be added. If you first seek Him for His own sake, I think you (and I) will find that our worries about superficial things will subside, our behaviors will fall closer in line with how we would like them to be, and we will be more fulfilled. Seek what your heart really needs (reconciliation with God) and the symptoms of your broken heart will subside as your heart is healed. Maybe very slowly, but they will.

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