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Matthew 6:26

Look At the Evidence!

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Walking through certain sections of our inner cities, seeing the miseries suffered by the homeless, watching the children who are inadequately dressed, or observing the alcoholic asleep in the doorway of an abandoned building, the person without faith might question the concern that God has for mankind. It would seem that He does not care for the unfortunate in society.

Jesus' message to us from this and the passages that follow, is that God does care. We are special to Him and we must learn to trust Him. "Focus on God alone. Do not worry about what you will have to eat or to wear. Life is so much more than food and clothing."

How can I know that? How can I look at the misery and suffering in this world and not worry? Where is the proof?

Jesus used many forms of illustrations in His lessons. In this passage, He tells us to look at the natural order of things, as God has created them. God reveals Himself through His creation. Paul also wrote, " ... that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead;" (Romans 1:19-20)

"Look at the birds," He tells us. "They do not plant gardens, they do not harvest any crops and they do not build barns and store food." This does not mean that we should not work. Birds work! They do what God has ordained them to do. His purpose for their lives is being fulfilled, and they are totally dependent on His provision. Now, look at the results!

We cannot look at the disastrous situations that exist within human society to find an example of God's provision, because man is rebellious. Few men are doing the work that God has ordained for them to do, and this creates some truly sickening circumstances. It is like trying to use a shovel to brush your teeth. It won't work and neither does living in sin work for man. We were not designed for sinful living.

But the birds live according to the natural order that God created for them, and we are told to see how God provides for them. When we observe the world in its proper context, there is nothing that can be said for God, except that He is full of grace. God loves His creation and cares for it.

Jesus asks, "Aren't you better than a bird? Don't you think you are more valuable to God?"

David asked similar questions of God, "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under hisfeet:" (Psalms 8:4-6)

We need to set our worries aside. God has made us a little lower than the angels, but has promised that one day we will judge even them. He has crowned us with glory and honor and given us dominion over all of His creation, including the birds. Shouldn't we have reason to trust Him, if we stop rebelling and do the works He has ordained for us?

Before The Throne:

Pray that God will open your eyes to the many ways that His grace is displayed in the natural order. Ask Him to help you use that as a foundation for trust. Pray for His will to be accomplished in your life, for the remission of sins, and for forgiveness.

For Further Study:

** the fowls. Matt 10:29-31; Gen 1:29-31; Job 35:11; Job 38:41; Ps 104:11-12, 27-28; Ps 145:15-16; Ps 147:9; Luke 12:6-7, 24-31; ** your. Matt 7:9; Luke 12:32;


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