Sunday, January 7: Will he not much more clothe you?
We return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Matthew, which emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his status as the Messiah—as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.
Read Matthew 6:28-32
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them."
In this part of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus puts a spin on one style of parable that he often uses, which include a story about how some person or even we would handle a situation, followed by "how much more" a great and loving God would do for us instead. Here the contrast is between how God treats a temporal, seasonal form of life and "how much more" he does for those who are made in his image for eternity.
Do you go about your life truly cognizant of the vastness of God's love, both for you and for all people? Or do you tend to forget, and either feel like no one cares about you or, somewhat the opposite, that God has more favor on you and "us" than he does on "them"? Either way, keep in mind the contrast that Jesus illustrates in this section about his care for his creation but his special care for all people.