January brought a period of heavy snow followed by brutally cold temperatures. It was a perilous time for the song birds that inhabit the trees and bushes around our patio home. I filled our two bird feeders and suet holders. Time passed and a few birds showed up at the feeder. A little later, a wide variety of birds were flocking to the feeders. The seed and suet was critical to their survival with the snow-covered ground and freezing temperatures.
If you are a church attender, you likely know the direction this devotional is headed. Although there are numerous references in scripture about birds, perhaps the best known are the words of Jesus. “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them” (Matthew 6:25-26, NKJV). Jesus makes it clear that God is the ‘bird feeder’ and that He loves and cares for His creatures. If God provides for the birds when they cry out to Him, how much more will He provide for His children! This is an awesome truth for us to know.
As the birds flittered around, several things caught my attention:
- It takes a lot of energy and effort on their part – they were not just sitting around waiting for someone to put food in their mouth.
- They were actively gleaning the food that had been provided for them; if not, they would have starved.
- The birds must have had faith that food was available somewhere, so they kept searching. They didn’t just sit in one spot and wait for food to show up. They kept looking, obviously confident that food was available someplace.
The lessons learned from observing these creatures have obvious implications for human life. God’s word says, “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you” (Job 12:7, NIV).
Here are some applications I can make in my life from the things I observed around my bird feeder:
- Each day I pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” and He does. But, I must be actively involved and not just sit around expecting someone to put food in my mouth.
- I must have faith to believe the Heavenly Father has made provision for what I need. However, His word to me is to “seek and you will find” .
- And when I have a need, I must keep searching for the provision while keeping my faith and focus on God, because I know that God always provides for His children. I need to be a seeker, obviously confident that my Heavenly Father has made His provisions available, and diligence will help me discover them.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19, NIV)
~ Brother Roy