BETWEEN THE LINES a frontline devotional

The Traits of the Lily

Day 20

“Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”

– Luke 12:27

We know that the Bible is full of beautiful words that paint a picture of how God sees us. We also know that the Lord, in the inspired writing of the Bible, only included things that were intentional and full of revelation and meaning. So let’s take a minute and consider how lilies grow.

Lilies promote their fruit, much like the believer is to bear fruit for others to taste and see that the Lord is good. The lily grows in a single stalk, undivided in its efforts to obtain what it needs to grow taller and stronger. Similarly, as believers, we should reach for singleness with God every day (Matthew 10:32). We should be acknowledging Jesus and affirming a state of oneness with Him before men every day. The lily is not easily contaminated. It opens its petals early in the morning to receive daily nourishment from the dew. This also serves as protection from pollution in its immediate environment. Have you ever seen dew resting on grass and foliage early in the morning? This is one of my favorite pictures of the Holy Spirit (Psalm 133:3). Early in the morning we should be allowing the presence of the Holy Spirit to rest upon our hearts like dew, providing sustenance for the day (wisdom, power, strength, and peace), as well as establishing protection from the environment around us.

Lastly, the lily is fixed with deep roots that are oriented to the water source by which it is planted. As our roots grow deeper into the Source that is our Savior, we grow in increasingly greater knowledge and experience of His love. This love and knowledge of the revelatory gospel is released to others in word and deed, and allows them to behold the beauty of our Lord. In Song of Solomon, the Bridegroom (Jesus) is referred to as the Lily of the Valley, and His Bride as a lily among thorns.

…we should be allowing the presence of the Holy Spirit to rest upon our hearts like dew…

Let us remember today the picture of the lily. It shines the beauty of the Lord, and is strong and resolved to promote its fruit and stay close to its source.

Your sister in Christ,


Harvest Church