Observation and Meditation

“He knows you need them all” Matthew 6:32 b

C.H Spurgeon was a man who observed his surroundings. If you were to read his Morning and Evening devotional you would be throughly convinced of this truth about Spurgeon. I have recently discovered a book upon moving the past few weeks that was in my possession though I was unaware of it. Boyhood and Beyond is a book written by Bob Schultz who passed away in 2008. He was a husband, father of two daughters, and owned his own construction business. He has published 4 other books. You can click here for those titles. In his book Schultz states, “If you want to understand Gods way go out and observe His handiwork.” Him and Spurgeon hit on something that Crosslife young/older men covered in Matthew 6. Jesus goes into verse 25 saying “do not be anxious about life.” This is a pretty understood command amongst Christians today. Paul hits on it in Philippians 4:6 saying, “do not be anxious about anything.” (emphasis added) As you read in Matthew you will notice a colon after “air” in verse 26, and “grow” in verse 28. The purpose of this colon is to show Jesus is introducing an explanation or an example. In this case the examples are “consider the birds” and “consider the lilies of the field.” The birds, and the lilies both grown and cared for by God are His creations. He asks, “Are you not of more value than they?” They are His creations in fact God created them before you. They have been sustained, tended to, and controlled before you were born. Though He created them you He didn’t make them in His image. That was you. Why wouldn’t He watch over that which He had made in the image of Himself? The examples are important to reflect back on Jesus’ command in verse 25. “Do not be anxious” The birds, and the lilies are not anxious and they have had all they needed for the past 2000 years.  Jesus uses these two subjects as examples to cause us to observe what he has said about them in relation to our worrying. We are to meditate daily on the creation God has given us to see so that we be filled with wonder and praise. Today in my morning reading the concept of observing and mediating on Gods handiwork has increased my wonder and awe of God’s caring character. I would like to share what I’ve read with you:

“We should never know the music of the harp if the strings were left untouched; nor enjoy the juice of the grape if it were not trodden in the winepress; nor discover the sweet perfume of cinnamon if it were not pressed and beaten; nor feel the warmth of fire if the coals were not utterly consumed. The wisdom and power of the great Workman are discovered by the trials through which his vessels of mercy are permitted to pass. Present afflictions tend also to heighten future joy. There must be shades in the picture to bring out the beauty of the lights.” Charles Hadden Spurgeon

Spurgeon’s observation of his surroundings made it easier for him to see God’s purpose and glory in the affliction of the believer. Today through reading his devotional, and discussing Matthew 6 I was able to understand and become more aware of God’s doing while I’m sitting. There is much more to gain on this earth than worrying, or complaining about certain afflictions. If we will just look to the cycle of life God has already put into motion by His Hand around us maybe then we will know that He can be trusted, and we can continue to live.

Taylor

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