Look At the Birds

Matthew 6:31-33 31Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear? 32For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.  33But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

I love this scripture. It is so reassuring to know that when you are first seeking God, and His plans for your life that He will supply every other need that you have. Sometimes it may be easy to look at the world around us and wonder, if only for a moment, how our needs will be met. In verses 25-27 Jesus says,  25Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?  26Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?  27And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life? Then He continues in verses 28-30 28And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.  29Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?

Jesus gives us two very real examples of God’s provision. The birds of the air and the grass of the field are two things that we can use as a visual reminder that if God cared enough to feed and clothe them, how much more does He care about you and me? Even in the times where it may seem bleak, where it may seem that we don’t have enough, we can remember that as Paul said in Philippians 4:19 And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus! I love the first three words, And my God. We have to remember that our source is not our job, not our parents, or friends, but God and God alone. The next time you are tempted to worry about how you will get what you need, walk outside and look at a bird flying by and tell yourself, “If He cares about that little bird, He cares for me so much more. All my needs will be taken care of.” Put your focus on Him and His kingdom and He will supply everything You need.

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One response to “Look At the Birds

  1. great word, liz! these were the first verses
    the Lord used to confirm hans and my
    early decisions about our relationship.

    how coincidental that our 30th anniversary
    is coming up! 🙂

    love,
    lea

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