” Look at the birds in
the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are?” Matthew 6:26 “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father” Matthew 10:29
I have never awoken in the morning to birds that moaning and groaning with anxiety and concern. Instead, a song of praise is always heard! Ingrained in its little bird-brain; its natural basic instinct let’s it know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the One Who has created it, will provide its every need that day.
Back in February, we went on a family picnic at Western Springs, Auckland. (Samantha just completed processing some of the pics she took that evening (a couple of the pics are attached) ).
That evening we had bought some fish and chips to enjoy in the park. Once we had finished, we fed the crumbs and the scraps to the birds. The thought crossed my mind: I wonder if indeed this is how the Heavenly Father feeds these birds of the air – with scraps, leftovers, measly morsels!
However, I soon got a wake-up “klap” (“smack”) deep within my spirit. How dare I think such a thought! Who feeds these birds from day-to-day? V26 says “yet your heavenly Father feeds them!” The Greek Word for “feeds” here is τρέφω (pronounced “trepho”), meaning: “to thicken/nourish/ to gorge/ to pamper.”
God provides for the birds of the air in abundance! Our Heavenly Father is not a God of scraps! He’s not God of mere morsels- He’s the God of “more than we are able to ask or imagine!” He’s the God Who did not spare His Own Son to die for us sinful, undeserving humankind!
Dear friend, the passage asks: “Are you not of more value than they?” He created you in His image- “Are you not of more value than they?” He gave His Only Son to die for the forgiveness of your sins- “Are you not of more value than they?”
The Heavenly Father feeds the birds- how much more will He not feed you? The Father knows when a single bird falls- how much more does He not know when you or I stumble and fall? How much more does He not know when you and I are hurting.
There may be someone reading this who has a very real need – physical, spiritual, emotional! A simple, yet profound reminder – God is able to meet you at the point of your need? “Hold on, Wayne, don’t start with the whole “name it, and claim it, prosperity teaching!”” “Don’t give me false hope; don’t make pie-in-the-sky promises!”No Friend, none of the above! Just an assurance, founded and grounded upon and in, the eternal, infallible, immutable principles and promises of the Word of Almighty God! He loves you, He cares for you, He cherishes you!
He cares for the birds! He cares for you, so much more!