Christ Jesus says in Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. 30 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, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
This verse is repeated in Luke 12:26-40, that if then you who cannot create tiny little things, why do you worry about such matters? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 28″But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! Christ is advising believers not to be overburdened and perplexed by things of the these world that shall pass away. Jehovah Jireh the Great Provider has already supplied more than enough super abundance for all the billions of people to live a meaningful, fulfilled, content life. So must refrain from constant relentless worry about food and clothes. This includes food and clothes adverts to feed the mind to dwell on some brands. Negative impact affect information so people worry about superficial physical appearance more than Godly realities of life.
So this constant pressure to conform to dress in clothes to fit with the current trends can keep people in fear and bondage about their physical looks and superficial about their body. This does not mean the believer just drifts along in life without putting any thoughts into decisions about their image. The believer is to dress in moderation within their budget. It means to do one’s best and to depend on God totally forever. One is not put confidence into feeling clothes or food makes one special. The glory goes to God creating people and providing abundant resources to clothe them. Outward appearance is not to cause believers to resort to spending money on things that do not last eternally. Like the birds Jesus talked about, believers know God takes care of all. Believers are not to blame God for lack or poverty because God richly provides for all including those deprived. Wisdom of God is required by true disciples of Christ.
God’s feeds birds designed to live without sewing or reaping. Believers are to stop anxiety distress about food or clothes for the body. Inner and out – ward beauty can be enhanced by clothes. However, one is not to focus on flamboyant looks more than inner substance of maturity and experience. A thorough look at the process of clothes making from cotton or silk plant reveals amazing colours. It shows how important basic fabric is turned from start to finish into glamorous garments worth millions in rare cases. As a result, some religious leaders adorned expensive clothes mock people among them who barely had clothes. They could have helped them by considering their plight. Instead, such leaders parodied Gospel message of God to mock and ridicule Christ. In Jesus’ day rulers deliberately undermined people who followed Jesus. Sabotage those who live exclusively by Biblical principles commanded by God.
There is no need to stress under pressure because it does not solve the real problem. The world has been changed from God’s original plans and purpose to satisfy a few who control helm of affairs. God is the Good Guy to trust to help not the one in it only for themselves. This is why Christ says one must not look up to over- hyped unrealistic lifestyle imposed by puppet masters. It is impossible to live up to such expectations as worry distracts or affects health but does not improve quality of life. Dandelions, lilies, tulips, plants or flowers of the field grow in beautiful colours and wonderful shapes. Their delightful fragrances, scents and beauty are without care or labour of their own. The Lord God Almighty gives them life sustenance through careful management of the gardener who nurtures instead of depriving them of nourishment.
Jesus responded to the Pharisees and Sadducees who in reality placed themselves above all others. They ensured they were enjoyed their class and status without compromise. Although condoned greed selfishly by extreme measures, yet blackmailed others to make themselves feel better at expense of others. At first, their influence starts in subtle covert actions of research review mails to read the minds of believers. Anyone seen as threat is harassed, monitored, phones bugged, moles put in place, smear campaigns to underrate believers. Then progress to face to face undercover interviews that twist text to paint others in bad light. Blackmail continues to outright blatant snares to try in vain by the grace of God to ruin lives of those who stand on the word of God. Often financial sabotage strategies are set up to frustrate, deprive, exclude from sound business acumen and work to eliminate believers.
They sanction bank accounts but free to indulge as they please so hide own luxuries and wealth. The Bible says to remove log from own eyes before trying to take splinter from other’s eyes. The book of Amos in the Bible, describes such people as fat cows of Bashan. They make laws to subdue others to try to silence them but blatantly do not compromise their personal pleasure, leisure or gain. So constantly project attacks on helpless vulnerable members of society already suffering. This makes people feel punished by the errors of their greed. Jesus reassures believers to have a certain future, not to worry about food, clothes by those who cannot afford to keep up with the Jones. This stops financial embarrassment trap deliberately set up to ruin people to use against them. Such cunning pressure humiliates and limits abundant prosperity of God freely available. Looks or food eaten does not define or constitute a person. King David reminds believers spiritual battle is the Lord’s. God’s protection is the perfect defence from vanity enemy’s weapon of control. Confidence in God is insecurity against harassment instigated worry snare set up to sabotage. Remember Jesus overcame the world so won victory to cause believers to triumph always in Jesus Name.