Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
the sin of unbelief Published week of january 24, 2021
In the greatest sermon ever preached, the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told the crowd they had little faith (“O you of little faith!”). This sin of unbelief has its roots in worry. In Jesus' message, He challenged them to stop, look around, and consider how God cares for His creation. After all, everyone at one time or another in their life can experience God's revelation through observing the trees that stand tall, the flowers that bloom, the fowls of the air that build nests, lay and hatch eggs, the grizzly bears that hibernate, the snakes that shed their skin . . . and so much more from the magnificent animal kingdom we observe. The faithfulness of God is wondrously displayed in the world and all that He created. Following each of the six days of creation, God observed and passed comment that what He had made was very good. God approved of His original creation and it brought glory to Him.
While sin has indeed marred and corrupted God’s perfect creation, you and I can still see evidence that He can be trusted to meet our needs. In this great sermon to the crowd in Galilee, Jesus pointed to the grass, which is here one day and gone another. He used His creation to offer a word picture about the absurdity of worry. If God takes care of grass, feeding it and clothing it with flowers, will He not feed and clothe us, His own children?
Think about it. When we allow ourselves to worry, then we are doubting God’s goodness and His promises. Worry is akin to declaring that He is not who He says He is. In essence, a lifestyle of worry makes God out to be a liar. Worry is sin, because it is rooted in a lack of faith. And without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). On the other hand, with faith, even faith as small as a mustard seed, all things are possible (Matthew 17:20). Does your life demonstrate a belief in the greatness of God?
“Dear Heavenly Father, I am choosing to trust you today. Help me to grow in my faith. Open my eyes to see the evidence of Your faithfulness that is all around me. Give me the boldness to walk by faith and not by sight. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”