Birds of the air: If God’s eye is on the sparrow, will He not be able to look after you? *Photo supplied
Birds of the air: If God’s eye is on the sparrow, will He not be able to look after you? *Photo supplied

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23: The teachings of Jesus always resulted in a reaction from His listeners. 

People were either encouraged by His parables and messages and made serious changes in their lifestyle, or they were so offended by His words that they wanted to kill Him. 

The teachings we’ve been studying for the last few months — His mountainside teachings known as the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ or ‘The Beatitudes’ — gave a new interpretation of God’s Word and great encouragement to the crowd of listeners.

Reactions to His teachings are the same today… comforting and encouraging.

This week we look at Jesus’ message about the importance of not worrying, and it is something we can all apply. Let’s look at the passage for this week…

Matthew 6:25-27:

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

Did you know that more than 50 per cent of the things you worry about will never happen, and the other 50 per cent you have no control over? 

Or that worry is the cause for approximately 66 per cent of the sickness that exists in the world? 

Or, “Worrying is like a rocking chair — it gives you something to do, but gets you nowhere.”

Worry works against our peace of mind and our health. Where there is a lack of peace there is worry, and worry is one of the subtlest sins that exist.

Our worrying communicates that He is not big enough and does not care enough to take care of our every need. 

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We must remember that the God Who created the world  — and us — is more than powerful enough to manage our lives, just as He manages the sun, moon, seasons, and time. 

Furthermore, He sent Jesus to die and rise again for our sins as an outstanding declaration that not only is He big enough, but His love is beyond measure. 

This passage aligns with the truth about God. Jesus tells us not to worry about details of our lives because God will provide for us just as He provides for birds of the air that do not sow, gather the harvest, or have a pantry.

Provision is a concern for many, but it may become a primary concern for those who sacrifice something for God. God may call you to do greater things for Him that will demand more time. Because the sacrifice might prevent us from meeting our basic needs — we may not have enough money for food or clothing — we may balk at responding positively.

God says, ‘Don’t worry about your life — that’s my job! I’ve got your back.’ 

God reminds us through the teaching of Jesus that worry does absolutely nothing for you — it does not add a single hour to your life. In fact, if anything, it takes hours away!

Matthew 10:29-31:

What is the price of two sparrows — one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. 

Jesus tells us that if the Father is aware of the wellbeing of the sparrow, a common bird worth half of the smallest coin, then He most certainly is concerned about you, who are more valuable to Him than a whole flock of sparrows.

This illustration uses a principle quite common in poetic literature and among rabbis called “from the lesser to the greater”… from sparrows to people… to highlight a point. Jesus makes the comparison and says you are much more valuable to God than a whole bunch of sparrows!

Please note that God throughout scripture has made a very clear distinction between humans and animals in ability, cognitive development, communication, spiritual adaptability, and intellect. 

Evolution, however, would emphasize that there is no God and we are equal to the animal kingdom.

This is why it is so important to teach creation over evolution. God considers us as a higher value… He even has numbered the hairs on our heads! 

Now, if God is aware that a tiny sparrow might fall and Jesus tells us that our heavenly Father feeds the birds of the air, clearly He will look after us wherever we are perched and whatever are our needs.

Be encouraged to know that you can trust in God who lovingly looks after you. His eye is guarding and protecting you. Worry less — trust Him more.