Today’s Scripture: 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. Luke 12:27
According to recent statistics, the average desk worker has 36 hours of work at the desk and spends three hours just sorting the piles. The average middle manager is interrupted 73 times a day. We spend 8 months of our lives opening junk mail and two years trying to call people who aren’t in or the line is busy. We spend one year searching for misplaced objects while the object has usually only been moved a total of ten inches! It sounds like the average person has quite a bit to worry about, doesn’t it?
After going through far more pressured situations than the average person, Corrie Ten Boom was a woman who had every right to be stressed. During WWII, she and her father hid many Jewish people. As a result, she endured imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp. Rather than allowing her circumstances to overtake her, her response to all of that pressure was the statement, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”
When the Lord addresses the issue of anxiety in Scripture, he contrasts the kingdom of Solomon with a simple lily. People traveled from all over the world to see Solomon’s grandeur. With his annual salary of 25 tons of gold and his gold value worth 38.5 billion dollars, Solomon’s net worth was more than anyone else who had ever lived. At the time of his death, he was worth 2.1 trillion dollars. During his reign, silver was considered as worthless as a rock. Every vessel in his house was pure gold. So, why is it that when God speaks of the lilies, he states that their majesty goes far beyond that of Solomon’s kingdom?
After all, how much work did that flower do? Did it plant itself? Did it feed itself? Of course not! The lilies were fully taken care of by God. The lesson is that the lily is more glorious than Solomon because the lily allowed God to work. It grew basking in God’s sun never doubting His provision. If God cares about these flowers, how much more does He care about us? Consider the lilies, and remember that your God is in control.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.