“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…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?” Matt6:25 & 26
Birds. They’re amazing little creatures, aren’t they? Did you know that the chicken is the closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus Rex? And hummingbirds are incredible imitators, able to imitate sounds like a creaking door or a meowing cat. And birds eat twice their weight in food every day. That right there is why I like to say I “eat like a bird.”
We have bird feeders right outside our kitchen window. We love sitting at our table at mealtime and watching the birds. Birds are beautiful, but when you think about it, they don’t do much. They fly around looking for food, they eat, they build nests, and they reproduce. They don’t have anything else super remarkable on their resume. They haven’t done anything to support equality or further human rights. They don’t contribute much to our economy. They haven’t invented any helpful tech gadgets lately. Basically, they just do what God created them to do. And no one criticizes them for it, right? I mean, when’s the last time you heard someone complaining that the birds don’t pull enough of the load?
Birds just do what God created them to do. That’s it! And God provides for them. I think there’s a simple yet significant message there.
Do What God Created You to Do
First, I can’t help but notice that a bird’s life is consumed with simply doing what God created it to do. No more, no less. I’ve never seen a bird trying to be a dog. Birds do the bird thing, and they do it beautifully. I’d like to think my life could be this simple and focused. Just like He created the birds, God crafted and equipped each of us to accomplish specific tasks during our time here on Earth. He made me to do the Hailey thing in a way no one else can, and to do it beautifully. My challenge is to make sure the Hailey thing looks more and more like the Jesus thing every day. Just do what God created you to do. He’ll take care of the rest.
Trust God’s Grace to Provide
Second, it’s clear to me that God provides, not out of a sense of duty or to reward His creation, but from a desire to lovingly extend undeserved grace. Birds are great, but they don’t even store away food for the winter! They don’t save up for a rainy day or invest for future retirement. Why should God provide for them when they don’t take precautionary measures to meet their own needs in tough times? God provides for the birds because He loves them, not because of what they do or don’t do. It’s the same for us. God’s provision can’t be earned; it’s an act of grace – extravagant unmerited favor.
Extravagant. That’s what it is! When you get right down to it, I don’t even deserve the air I breathe. But God provides it. God’s provision for my most basic of needs is truly over the top lavish. And to think of all the blessings He’s heaped on top of that, simply because He loves me?! Hard to wrap my mind around. But I do know that the same God who provides faithfully for the birds sent His son to die for me, before I even recognized my need.
He provides for the birds. He’s provided my rescue. I can trust Him to meet my daily needs.