Our Bible verse for today: “I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?” Matthew 6:25-26 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “God loves you, He cares for you, and He provides for you”
There’s a wonderful old hymn we sing in church sometimes called “His Eye Is on The Sparrow”. It’s inspired by the words of Jesus taken from the passage of the Sermon on the Mount, which I quoted from above. In verse 26 we read, “Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?” Evidently it was an important lesson because Jesus repeated it again in Matthew 10:29-31: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Here’s the chorus to the song:
I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.
Few things cause us more anxiety and worry than our concern for provisions and financial security. But the truth is that you have a Father in heaven who loves you far beyond your understanding. He watches over you constantly and He is more concerned with your well-being than even you are. That is so true that Jesus dedicated an entire passage in the Sermon on the Mount to the subject (Matthew 6:25-34), and He repeated the lesson in various forms multiple times in His teaching throughout His ministry years.
The key to the lesson is found in verse 33 of Matthew 6 when Jesus tells us, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” In other words, instead of being overly preoccupied with concerns about money and possessions, focus first and primarily on living a life that honors God. Then, in His way and in His time, He will provide for your basic needs. But that doesn’t absolve you of responsibility. You still have to do your part. Money and food are not going to rain down on you like manna from heaven. You need to work and do your best to provide for yourself and your family. But then trust your Father who loves you dearly to look out for you and to care for you in His way and in His time.
God’s love and care extends even to the sparrow so surely, He will also take good care of you as well. I encourage you to rest in the knowledge of God’s love and care for you.