Solomon in all his glory

28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.   Matthew 6:28-29 English Standard Version

What about clothing? Jesus marvels at how human beings worry about outward appearances. Straightaway He points to the lilies of the field and challenges the human mind to consider the comeliness of these flowers.  What you see in a lily is beauty in its entirety — there are no additional artificial trappings that could make it more beautiful than it already is.

What a striking statement that “even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these”! All the silken robes, golden rings, necklaces, precious gems, and other paraphernalia for adornment are, in the mind of Jesus, pathetically inferior to the wonder and splendor of God’s creation.

Our lives are as the lilies of the field.  The totality of real beauty emanates from within;  all that we reflect to the outside world come from the growth of the innate potential that our Creator has endowed upon each of us.  If we cultivate the measure of faith, love and hope that are given to us, no worldly adornment can add to the essence of loveliness that springs forth in our lives, which in turn blesses others to the glory of God.

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8 thoughts on “Solomon in all his glory

  1. i think sometimes that what Jesus means, in a way (i tremble to say what Jesus means…) but every flower has every single thing it needs inside it to grow and prosper. it has all its parts. and no human ornament can ever ever match what God has done. i used to take flowers apart just to look at all their parts. and photograph them as they died. it´s incredible how their appearance changes from beauty to beauty. it´s truly so amazing… and that is not even what the microcope sees and beyond. your writing is wonderful, i´m thankful the Lord led me to this post today. Bless you!

    • I bear witness with the revelation you received from the Lord’s words, that every flower has every single thing it needs inside it to grow and prosper. Thank you for sharing this, and it is uplifting to me because I can apply it to my life. Thank you so much! Bless you!

      • that does bless me, thank you. i was thinking about your reply and suddenly remembered when my pre-menopause first started. i had to go to the doctor one day and i was truly frightened by the things going on in my body. on the way to the doctor i passed by some rosehips and the Lord told me to take one. so i did. and i kept it with me all day and took it home. the next day or so i got a book i had ordered on menopause and opened it right to a chapter with this heading: from rosebud to rosehip. it brings tears to my eyes to remember how He comforted me and in His own way told me i was alright. so now in my rosehip days i learn that even a rosehip has everything she needs from her Savior. How blessed we are to know Jesus. love you!

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