Thursday, June 16, 2011

True Value - June 16, 2011

Matthew 6:25-27(New International Version)
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

26 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?

27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

If you have studied the Bible or sat in a few church pews, you probably have read these verses or heard a sermon based on them. On the face of it is is very understandable; in the verses Jesus is illustrating how much God cares for those who love Him, and you were encouraged not to worry or be anxious about you life because God would take care of you. That is completely true, but I believe the real lesson to be learned is how God cares for you.

I like the picture above because it is a great photograph of how God shows His care. The verses state, "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". Truth is though that just as the person above gives a helping hand by offering food to the bird, God uses various means at His disposal to provide and care of His children, including other people. Surrounding you are various opportunities and people that God has placed in your life. This makes it possible for you to receive God's care.

Many people wrongly expect that God will act like He did in the story of the Exodus with the Israelites in the desert, where He supplied manna and quail everyday for them to live on. They were to eat only enough for the day, because all of the leftovers wouldn't last through the night. The next morning there again was manna and quail for them to gather and eat(Exodus 16).

These days I don't suspect we will receive much manna from Heaven, although God does work miraculously in some circumstances. Instead God provides us with the ability and opportunity to receive His care through the things He places in our lives. The birds still have to go around and find what God has provided for them to eat. For us too, it is our responsibility to seek out God's provision, and then work and be obedient to His direction.

If we focus on Him, we will daily find those things He places in our lives. It is up to us to utilize them for our needs, and acknowledge the One who has given it to us.

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