A Quick Look at Matthew 6:26
Sunday, this was my local grocery store’s dairy section:
The next morning, I stepped outside and heard birds singing. Immediately Matthew 6ish came to mind.
A few minutes later, I looked it up:
”Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” —Matthew 6:26
“Look” … Go to the window or step outside. See for yourself. The birds are still alive out there.
“… at the birds of the air …” Unlike most of us, they are essentially homeless, roosting at night in trees or bushes, building temporary nests for their eggs. They don’t have pantries or freezers or even holes to stash worms and bugs.
In fact, Jesus makes it very clear “that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns.” Their food supply is utterly out of their control. Maybe the reality is, ours is too?
“ … yet your Heavenly Father feeds them.” How about that? He feeds them because He cares for them. Not because they’ve earned it.
“Are you …” Just when we thought we could stay philosophical about these birds, Jesus makes it personal.
“ … not worth much more than they?” Yes, God values you more. Every morning and evening I fill the dog bowl with food. Each day, however, I spend time baking and cooking for my husband and children. I love my dog, but I value my family more!
And that’s how God feels about us. Even with empty store shelves and online back-orders, God IS caring for us.
Look … the birds believe. Will we?
”Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ … for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. … So do not worry about tomorrow.” (See Matthew 6:31-34).