Be Like Birds

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? (Matthew 6:26)

In this portion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus was teaching about worry. He made it clear that the reason we are not to worry is because He has promised to meet our every need. Now, don’t confuse worry with concern. To be concerned is to be moved to action through the leading of the Holy Spirit. Worry, on the other hand, keeps you from moving at all. It simply paralyzes any meaningful forward progress.

Jesus pointed to the birds and their complete lack of any concern about their daily needs being met. Birds do not sow, reap, or store away in barns, yet their every need is met. And because we, as image-bearers of the Most-High God, are much more valuable than the birds, worry simply makes no sense at all.

Here is something an anonymous author gave us to think about:

Said the robin to the sparrow,

I should really like to know,

Why these anxious human beings

Rush about and worry so.

Said the sparrow to the robin,

Friend, I think that it must be,

That they have no heavenly Father

Such as cares for you and me.

Only by pressing into the presence of our Lord Jesus each day will our lives begin to reflect the attitude of the birds. Worry will be as far as the east is from the west when we look to Jesus, trusting in His promise to meet our every need. Jesus will always make good on every one of His promises; you have His Word on that!

So let the next bird you see remind you that God cares for you completely!

This is the Gospel.  This is grace for your race.  NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!


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