You know sometimes it’s tough being a guy. Because it seems like God always deals with men. It all started in the garden… when Eve was deceived by the serpent. Now might not seem fair that God asked Adam “where are you,” or what did you. We tend to forget do a lot of times we don’t realize that Adam was right there watching her as she was deceived.
Genesis 3:6 – When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. (NIV)
Because in God’s economy, not to be male oriented, and not to be degrading to women, God always deals with men because men are created first. Sometimes it doesn’t seem like it’s fair, but frankly God doesn’t ask for our opinion. And I’m really glad that he doesn’t.
Because if he asked for my opinion am sure that I would mess things up. if you think about it, in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve only had one decision to make… Am I going to be obedient or not? But since that time, and since we decided that we would like to do things our own way, and be in charge of our own destinies, God has allowed us to do just that.
But sadly for us, this requires us to make decisions in EVERYTHING we do, and we wonder why were stressed out? But the great thing about God, is that he is kind enough to us to remind us that he still doesn’t want us to be anxious about anything because he knows that we are really good at worrying. And that is why, in the book of Matthew, he spends a lot of time talking about the fact that we don’t need to worry… And I’m really glad that he does in fact, let’s consider that entire passage…
Matthew 6:25-33 – 25 “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? 26 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? 27 And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 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! 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Be encouraged, because God knows that if we’re in control we are going to run run run, and we will wear ourselves out. So he reminds us to take a look at his creation. The birds don’t have jobs… the birds don’t work until they are exhausted and they have plenty of food. The flowers don’t work for the clothes that they have, but they are more beautiful than anything that we could ever imagine. So don’t worry, don’t worry about today, and definitely don’t worry about tomorrow. I can guarantee they’re going to be problems, and God says I’ll deal with those so you don’t have to worry about them. Isn’t that wonderful?
Grace and peace, Dan