Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Matt 6:25-33
25    Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26    Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27    Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28    And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29    And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30    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?
31    Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32    (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33    But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

I was sent into the world to provide for my soul.  Indeed, God hath also committed to me the care of my body; but, as one happily expresses it, with this difference:  a Master commits two things unto a servant—the child and the child's clothes.  Will the Master thank the servant, if he plead, "I have kept the clothes, but I have neglected the life of the child?"
                                                                                                                                         John Flavel


What ye shall put on.  In thy apparel avoid singularity, profuseness, and gaudiness. . . . Decency is the half-way between affectation and neglect.  The body is the shell of the soul; apparel is the husk of that shell: the husk often tells you what the kernel is.
                                                                                                              F. Quarles. (Enchir, Cent, ii, 79.)


Where God hath given a life, he will give food; and where he gives a body, he will give raiment, according to his good pleasure.  He doth not cast off the care of any living creature he hath made, as long as he will preserve it for his glory.  Beasts have their food and provision, much more men, which are capable of knowing and enjoying God.
                                                                                                                                      Thomas Manton

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