Behold the Fowls
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? – Matthew 6:26
I get much pleasure out of watching the birds come to my son’s birdfeeder and feed upon the abundance of grain
he puts out for them. They are so beautiful, some of God’s loveliest creations. It is intriguing to me how they know where the food is; who tells them
to come over to the birdfeeder because breakfast is waiting? No one calls them from our home, yet somehow they know.
Today was amazing because an enormous flock of blackbirds found the feeder. They were flying overhead and suddenly swooped down to the birdfeeder and had
their lunch. How did they know about it? Internet? Text message? Of course not. The Bible tells us how birds get by, and it is not happenstance that
they are fed even though they do not “sow” or “reap.” They do nothing to produce their own food—God provides for them. However, I do admire how
diligent they are in their pursuit of food. They are ever on the lookout for a morsel, and God is faithful to provide.
Today’s focus verse tells us that God is even more faithful to provide for us! Of course, we must do our part by seeking His will and taking the opportunities
He brings, but He takes care of the rest. As long as we stay inside His will, we can depend upon Him to supply our every need.
The birds seem quite accustomed to relying on God’s provision, but how are we doing in that regard? Do we trust His promise daily, or do we sometimes fret
about how our needs will be met this month? If worry and fear start to come to our minds, we need to remember the fowls of the air. They are not troubled
and we should not be either, because we are important to God and He has promised to take care of us.
Though the birds are not aware of God as a loving Provider, we know better. He has proven Himself worthy of our trust. May we look at the circumstances
that confront us daily, and declare our faith in God.