“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.” -Matthew 6:26
What a great joy it is to know that we have a Heavenly Father that cares so deeply about us. In a world where we see so many people competing to reach the status quo, it is such a great delight to know that we as believers can find rest in the Lord. He alone satisfies. You see, God’s promise of provision is not dependent on our performance. His daily pursuit of us simply displays His heart for His beloved children.
In our key scripture today, we are reminded to look at the birds of the air. So often, we overlook God’s creation because we are so entangled in chasing after perishable things of this world. We soar like a bird in pursuit of silver and gold, in turn neglecting one thing that truly matters – God. In Christ alone, all things are found. We lack no good thing because we serve a God who does not withhold any good thing from His children. He is the God of abundance. The one and only Jehovah Jireh. We can look to the East, West, North, and South in search of riches but even still yet our hearts will never be satisfied. When we take the time to observe God’s creation, we can clearly see that God had a purpose in every living thing He created.
In Colossians 1:17, scripture reminds us that “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” He is a God who holds all things together. He is not a partial God. He meets our every need. If He created the living things, He will provide for everything in the garden. If He can supply to the birds of the air, how much more will He not willingly do the same for us? He gracefully sent His only Son to die for us while we were yet sinners. He gave His all unto us for love’s sake. In doing so, He has tore the veil and given us access to Father. He is a God who outpours exceedingly abundantly beyond our expectations. His cup never runs dry but we must learn to find rest and lean on Him.
Our toiling and striving will only leave us restless. Our need to be successful based on the standard and wisdom of this world will only create a burden far more than we can carry. This is not by any means to say that we shouldn’t work for the things we want in life. It is clearly written in Proverbs 10:4 that “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.” The truth is, in all our doings, we must first learn to seek the author and finisher of our faith. He is the true and only giver of Life. When we are sure of the One we seek (God), we won’t find ourselves continuously trying to grab hold of the entities of this world. We won’t become so easily burnt out time and time again. Much rather, we will draw strength from God.
Everything we have is because of God. We are not entitled to anything. It is so easy to have an entitlement mindset. “I deserve this and that. If I cannot have this, I would go crazy.” Craig Denison states this in regards to entitlement “Entitlement is a disease that’s spread decay and death too far throughout the body of Christ. It kills any area in which it is allowed to enter by leading us to a life of pride and selfishness rather than hope and joy.” As believers, we must continually renew our minds. We must stay rooted in the word of God and continually ask the Lord to purify our hearts.
When we were once in darkness, we weren’t aware of this truth that all that we have is because of Christ. Now that we have been brought into the marvelous light of Christ, may we not be a people who keep silent about the goodness of the Lord. So many times, people fail to acknowledge God for anything that they have or have accomplished but even in one’s refusal to acknowledge God, He is still God. He changes not because we choose not to acknowledge His Sovereignty. He is still the same yesterday, today and forever (See Hebrews 13:8)
As we venture into another day, may we be reminded of this truth that “God is a Good Shepherd”. He will provide and supply our needs according to His Glory in Christ Jesus. (See Philippians 4:19). Though some seasons are tougher than others, may we not loose hope in Christ. May we learn to lean unto our Heavenly Father. He is God for all seasons. He doesn’t carve out time for harvest season and abandon us in drought season. He alone opens the flood gates of Heaven concerning us. No matter where we are in our journey, God will always be with us. He has promised to provide and He is always doing it. It may not look like God is making way because you are not where you want to be or may not have all the desires of your heart but continue to abide in Him. Whether you are trusting God for a job, a child, joy overflow, or food for your children, believe in your heart and declare His promises over your life. Your current situation is not current to God. He is with you. He walks with you so therefore no mountain in your life is a surprise to Him. You are Victorious already but you have to learn to walk in the lane of victory instead of defeat. Walk in victory. Let the Glory of God shine through your life. May we all experience peace and satisfaction in the knowledge and character of our Heavenly Father. No matter how young or old we are, God grows with us. He is drawing us nearer unto Himself. May we learn to put our faith, hope and trust in Him. He will always be our Heavenly Father who deeply loves and outpours abundantly into our jars of clay, continually molding us yet still preparing us for greater things to come.
Verses To Ponder
“I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing.” -Psalm 37:25-26
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.” -2 Corinthians 9:8-11
“Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” -Proverbs 23:4-5
“Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.” -Proverbs 30:8
Backstory of this Blog Post
For sometime now, I’ve been seeing birds fly a lot. There are times, I will take my phone to capture them. I will count the birds flying whether I’m walking or sitting on the bus on my way to work. I will document the numbers and color of them on my phone. On Tuesday, November 19th, one my way back from work, I saw approximately 40 birds on someone’s grass and they were just eating. I was so mind blow on how they all migrated and gathered all at once to feast. In that moment, I was just in awe and reminded of the verse Matthew 6:26. There are so many times in my life where I desired more in a sense of doing more for God but feeling like I didn’t have enough resources (money specifically). Back in December of 2018, I shared about how I went on my first Mission Trip to Uganda. The cost of the trip was all together $1,800. I didn’t have a job at the time the mission trip was mentioned at my church on July 1st, 2018 but deep down I knew that God has answered my prayer on wanting to go on a mission trip. He had a package deal waiting for me. I was not only going on a mission trip but an orphanage. I looked for opportunities to go on a mission trip. I read books on mission trip and testimonials from time to time but God. My God! Who is like you? I didn’t have it all but my obedience wrapped in God’s grace and sufficiency made a way. God is not concerned about how much we have in our bank accounts, He is the giver of it all. I share this to say that we serve an all-sufficient, all-rounded God who is Faithful. God will make a way for you. I join my faith with yours wherever you are and whatsoever you are trusting God for, that He is already releasing every perfect gift unto you. You will testify in the land of the living.
Happy Sunday 💃🏿. I hope you are all doing well. If not, I do hope that things get better for you. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I hope that you have a wonderful day 🤗