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I don't usually spend much time watching the birds, they do their thing and I do mine. Sometimes it is good for me to forget about my things and open my eyes to what goes on around me. Every spring, a pair of birds make a nest under the tiles of my sloping roof. I know the nest is there from mama and papa bird's loud chatter whenever we are in the backyard. Unfortunately, every year the babies fall from the nest and die, and mama and papa bird cease to chatter. A sad story, but we have the assurance of God's word that none of this escapes the attention of our heavenly Father.
Surely if our heavenly Father is mindful of the birds that fall from my roof, He is mindful of me. Perhaps my perspective and attitude needs an adjustment? The best place I know for an attitude adjustment in God's word. A good place to start is in the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5-7 and Luke 12. I'm sure some of it is metaphoric, but perhaps we need to take it a bit more literal than we usually do. The predominate theme that we find there is absolute trust in our caring heavenly Father, in the face of fear, worry and anxiety. For this Jesus takes us back to the birds:
Luke 12:22 ¶ And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
Take no thought for your life, your food or your apparel? That's hard to fathom, isn't it? Much harder to conform to. Jesus was speaking to people who were already poor. Some followed Him for days with little to eat (Matthew 15:22). 401ks and IRAs were unheard of nor did they have unions, guaranteed employment or pension plans. Jesus urged them to open their eyes and look around. Those ravens don't have storehouses or barns. They just get up each day and go about their business being ravens and God takes care of the details. Perhaps we should follow their example and greet each morning as sons and daughters of the living God. I'm sure we would be overwhelmed at the results.
Luke 12:25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
I would certainly like to be a few inches taller and have more hair on my head, but I can't do a thing about it. That's just the way it is , so why fret?
I guess we all suffer from the greener grass syndrome. We neglect what we are in hopes of obtaining that which is not meant for us. We worry about finances, food and shelter when our Lord has promised to supply all of these, if we only seek His kingdom and righteousness first. It is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom and the earthy things that we need (Mt. 6:33). He takes care of the lilies, He will certainly take care of us.
Luke 12:27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
So far, so good, but here comes the kicker, especially for those of us who may feel that the Lord has promised to give us everything that we could ever hope for or dream of, including a Lexus or Mercedes. Sell what you already have and give to the poor (Lu. 12:33). Then your heart will be in heaven, because that is where you have placed you treasure.
Luke 12:33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
That's hard to comprehend, much less live up to, but God give us grace to realize who and what we are in Him. The things of this world pale in comparison.
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"Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading." - Oswald Chambers
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