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February 21, 2018
February 20, 2018, 9:01 AM

“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

     Have you listened to the birds lately?  Earlier today, I had the opportunity to have lunch on our porch and listen to a variety of birds.  They seemed to be so excited!  We so often fail to slow down enough to hear God’s voice and feel His presence in the nature He created.  The birds have been singing all through the winter, but it seems like the last couple of weeks there has been such an abundance of them.  They are enjoying the onset of springtime and the bounty that will follow.  They continue to accomplish the purpose for which God created them.  Can the same be said about us?

     The scripture passage above helps us better understand our value to God.  You see, God created the birds and He takes care of them.  The Bible tells us that He even knows when a sparrow falls to the ground.  The birds do not sow, reap or store away in barns yet God meets their needs on a daily and consistent basis.  What does God expect us to learn from nature?  Jesus gives us a very real picture of our value to God.   Jesus did not come to die for the birds but for mankind.  Now, if Jesus came to die for us, how valuable must we be to God?  If God provides for the birds, how much more does He desire to provide for His children?  After all, we are so special to God that He knows the number of hairs on our head.  Please understand that we are not to just sit and wait for His provisions.  God expects us to do what He has given us the ability to do.  He has given us the ability and strength to work.

     It is very easy for us to get off track by thinking that we can provide for ourselves.  We do work and earn an income, but it is God who ultimately provides for our every need.  We must understand that God created us, loves us, and provides for us every day.   Remember, it is much more than physical food and clothing that He provides.  It is eternal life through Jesus Christ His Son.  As you hear the birds singing, be reminded of the passage above and give thanks to God for His daily provisions.

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