PIPER FRIDAY – Trust Not Laziness

Last Friday we spoke about how meekness is not an excuse for laziness. Today I have another quote from Dr. Piper about how God’s instructions to us to trust him are not intended to make us lazy. As Oliver Cromwell is reported to have frequently said, “Trust in God and keep your gunpowder dry!”

Matthew 6:26: “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” What we see when we look at the birds is not a lesson in laziness. They dig their worms and snatch their bugs and pad their nests with strings and leaves. But Jesus says it is God who feeds them. Birds don’t anxiously hoard things as though God will not do the same tomorrow. They go about their work—and we should go about our work—as though, when the sun comes up tomorrow, God will still be God.

John Piper, What Jesus Demands from the World, (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2006), 116. Also available electronically from Logos Bible Software.

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About Adrian Warnock

Adrian Warnock is a medical doctor, and a writer. Since 1995 he has been a member of Jubilee Church London. Adrian serves as part of Jubilee's leadership team alongside Tope Koleoso. Together they have written Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus, published by Christian Focus. Adrian is also the author of Raised With Christ - How The Resurrection Changes Everything, published by Crossway.
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