Trusting God One Day at a Time
Learning a Lesson from the Birds
by J.M. Troppello
There’s a bird’s nest near our house. I had a clear view of it from the corner of our deck where I sat outside relaxing this weekend. I took a video of the birds popping up from inside the nest. I saw the mother bird fly over there a few times, feeding them. It was actually mesmerizing watching this simple act of nature occur.
Do Not Worry
Watching the mother bird and her baby birds, reminded me of the verse in the Bible where Jesus was talking about how God provides for the “birds of the air.”
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:26, NKJV)
This verse is part of the passage of scripture in part of the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus gave. You can read this sermon in Matthew 5-7. I love all the golden nuggets of truth and wisdom that Jesus gave in these three chapters.
In reading Matthew 6:25-34, you can get the full context of how the depiction of the birds from verse 26 fits into this section of the Sermon on the Mount – about Jesus urging the people not to worry.
25 “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? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not [l]arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:25-34, NKJV)
I’ve read this passage many times throughout the years. Yet, the message still rings true each time I read it. It sounds simple when Jesus says that you shouldn’t worry about your life.
I have family responsibilities, bills to pay, health issues, and so many other things that threaten to occupy my mind all the time. I’m sure you have your own issues to worry about as well. We’re all in this human journey together.
However, one key truth from this passage that has always resonated with me every time I read these verses is found in verses 33-34.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:33-34, NKJV)
When you focus on God and seek His Kingdom, God will take care of the rest in your life. Jesus urges in verse 34 that you shouldn’t worry about tomorrow – and He acknowledges that “tomorrow will worry about its own things – and sufficient for the day is its own troubles.”
Basically, take life moment by moment. Don’t get ahead of yourself and worry about things that haven’t happened yet. As Jesus said, there’s enough trouble today. Don’t ‘borrow trouble’ and focus on the next day etc.
Sure, you need to be responsible and plan for the future. However, when you take life one day at a time, you can experience that true peace in the Lord because you’re focusing on Him and not worrying about your problems and daily concerns.
Have you learned any lessons from nature (and God) recently?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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