Matthew 6:26 (NIV)
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?
Look at the birds??? What can birds possibly teach us that we don't already know???
Maybe more than you realize. Take a gull for example. Have you noticed that they not only soar high up in the sky to look for food, but they also never seem to lose sleep over when the next morsel will show up? They have utter confidence that no matter what, they will always have shelter, food and love, even in the midst of a gigantic winter storm! Is it possible that their ability to fly so high permits them to look at our world from God's perspective? Is it possible that they realize that any concerns they may be facing look rather insignificant from up there?
But wait a minute! We've all see those same gulls fighting over food!
These are the gulls that have become dependent upon humans for their food. Strangely enough, these gulls mimic human behaviour to a "T"! "It's mine!" "No, it's mine! Get out of here!" Interestingly, these are also the gulls that never seem to be satisfied and will spend most of their days waiting for some human to come by and give them food. And these are also the ones that are so easily disappointed that they become aggressive!
The gulls that function in the way God designed them to function, however, live worry-free lives. They enjoy true living! No wonder Jesus shared with us their secret: "Look at the bird, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God." They are worry-free because they leave themselves "in the care of God!" (Matt. 6:26a).
Jesus' next line is the one that is so vital to us: "And you count far more to him than birds." (Matt. 6:26b).
Only when we fully realize the truth behind this statement will we finally enjoy real, care-free living! Friends, we have nothing to be anxious about, for we "count far more to Him than birds!" He will take care of us!
Dear Lord, we thank You that You take care of us in all things. Help us not fall into the trap of fear but instead fully trust You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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