That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?Matthew 6:25-26 (NLT)
A couple of months ago, I noticed that an old nest on our back porch was occupied. It was so sweet to watch the parents flying in to feed their chicks. Their mouths all agape as they cried for their next meal. I was sad to see them to go.
It made me think of how God cares for all His creatures. He cares for the smallest bird, to the most majestic lion (Psalm 104:21). As marvelous as these creatures are, they were not made in the image of God as we are (Genesis 1:27). Jesus died not for them, but for us. It is us who have the privilege of calling Him Father; of having an intimate relationship with Him.
If God cares enough to provide for the little sparrow, how much more you, beloved child of God? He knew your every worry and need before you even spoke them (Matthew 6:8). If an earthly father knows how to provide for his children, how much more your perfect Heavenly Father?
Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!Matthew 7:9-11
I know there are so many worries in this life. The world seems to be spinning out of control. You wonder, “How will I pay my bills? How will I put food on the table?”
Yet allow yourself to be still long enough to hear the voice of your Father. “Do I not care for the birds of air? Are you not so much more valuable than they? Was I not the One who crafted man from the dust and woven you in your mother’s womb? Am I, who created the greater, now incapable of providing the lesser? Yes, I know your every need, My Child. I will always take care of you.”
Therefore, give your heart and your every concern over to Him. Don’t allow your heart to be bogged down. God cares for you (1 Peter 5:7), and will provide your every need in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). Focus on seeking Him, His kingdom, and His righteousness first (Matthew 6:32-34). Wait patiently for Him, giving thanks and praising Him for what He has done, is doing, and will do.
Work with all your heart, as for God and not for men (Colossians 3:23). But do so in dependence on Him, knowing that He is your Heavenly Father who cares deeply for you. He knows your needs, and will provide them in His own perfect time and way.
Take a moment to reflect on God’s faithfulness. Recall how He provided for the men and women of the Bible. He provided Abraham an heir. A way through the Red Sea for the Hebrews. A Savior to die for our sins. Remember how He has proved Himself both in the lives of fellow believers, and even in your own life. He who was faithful then, will be faithful again.