March 3rd 2010

Look At The Birds

“…They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them.  And aren’t you more valuable to him than they are?”

Matthew 6:26 (NLT) 

The Bible tells us we can learn a lot from bird watching, as the above verse shows us. God knows what birds need and He feeds them. He knows what our needs are and He supplies them (verses 32-33), just as He provides food for the birds. He tells us we are valuable to Him!

 Birds have a homing instinct. This is especially so of pigeons, and we know Noah’s dove found its way back to the ark. Jeremiah illustrates repentance in terms of bird migration: “No one repents of his wickedness, saying ‘what have I done?’ Each pursues his own course like a horse charging into battle. Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But my people do not know the requirements of the Lord” (Jeremiah 8:6-7). 

Observing birds, especially eagles, has inspired the idea of human flight. Freedom has always been linked to flight. The writer of Proverbs 30:18-19 said four things amazed him, and one was “…how an eagle glides through the sky”. Isaiah 40:31 tells us, “Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” 

In Matthew 23:37 Jesus talks about a hen which protects her chicks under her wings and how he wanted to protect the people, but they wouldn’t let him.

 Birds have a significant role in God’s plan. The Holy Spirit came as a dove at Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 3:16), and Jesus told his disciples to be harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16). 

Finally, human beings and birds have at least one thing in common—we both sing! Whereas birds probably don’t know why they sing, we sing with understanding and joy for what God is doing for us. “Let’s march into his presence singing praises, lifting the rafters with our hymns and why? Because God is the best, High King over all gods” (Psalm 95:1-2 MSG). Bird watching is a good hobby to have and can teach us a lot if we watch with spiritual eyes as well. 

Prayer

Father thank you so much for your beautiful creation and thank you now especially for the birds, which are a joy to watch and teach us so many lessons.

Amen 

Study by Jill Newman

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