Consider The Birds, Consider the Flowers : Chapter 1
Updated: Mar 27
Welcome back to this blog series. In this series we are meditating specifically on Jesus' words from Matthew 6:25-34 where our Good Shepherd alleviated all stress and worry from his people. God's heart remains the same for us today. God wants us to relax and receive from Him. It is always easier to receive more from God (faith) from a relaxed state. This is why when Jesus preached in Matthew 6:25-34 he had to bring stillness and peace to everyone's souls, so they could see and receive more from Him. It's even hard to "hear" properly when the soul is troubled. Jesus preached and alleviated worry and stress, to help people see our Father in Heaven and His kingdom, where everything is already provided. Please feel free to reference Matthew 6:24-34, located at the bottom of this post. I encourage you to memorize Matthew 6:24-34, or at least read it often until it gets hidden in your heart. Psalm 23 pairs well with Matthew 6:24-34 by the way. Both of these passages help your soul relax in God.
A relaxed heart is God's desire for you always. Psalm 23 is all about relaxing deeper in our Good Shepherds gracious care. Notice how relaxing and supply go hand in hand with God.
Let's learn some Hebrew!
Rapha means; cure, cause to heal, physician, repair, thoroughly, make whole.
This Hebrew word "Rapha" - stems from Raphah.
Raphah means; RELAX.
In this passage from Exodus 15:26 God declares himself as Jehovah Rapha. "I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I Am the LORD that healeth thee" (Jehovah Rapha in Hebrew).
Jesus Himself IS the cure, Jesus is the health, Jesus is the physician, Jesus is the repair, Jesus is our wholeness, Jesus is the healing, Jesus is our relaxation and rest. Hallelujah!
On the cross, Jesus became our healing, by His stripes we have been healed. We have been relaxed in Christ. We have been rested in Christ. We have been finished in Christ. We have been made complete in Christ. We have been made sound in Christ.
Concluding today's restful meditation; I want you to see that God wants you to be relaxed, live relaxed, and remain relaxed. A relaxed heart is your default mode in Christ. A troubled heart, a stressed heart is the abnormal now in Christ. As Jesus said, "Let not your heart be troubled". Jesus said this because He loves us so much. As a father, I don't like it when my daughter's heart is troubled even for a moment. One second of stress or fear is one second too much. My desire, out of a deep and rich love, is for my daughter to never have a troubled heart, even for a moment. As a Parent I rest in this scripture, its a WIN WIN. All your children shall be taught by the LORD, And great shall be the peace of your children - Isaiah 54:13.
Just imagine how much more God loves and cares for our hearts!
The birds can sing because they are well fed and relaxed in the care of Our Heavenly Father. They sing from rest and relaxation, not strife. They sing from health and wholeness, not to it!
The flower is always in its relaxed state. Thats how all the water and nutrients can absorb and flow freely!
Grace - unmerited, undeserved, favor and blessing be yours and multiplied in your life.
Peace - Shalom, wholeness, completeness, sounds, health, safety, prosperity, and tranquility be yours and multiplied in your life.
All from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord,
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. - Matthew 6:25-33