The Father’s Care, Part 2

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.  Are ye not much better than they?  Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?  And why take ye thought for raiment?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Matthew 6:26-30

Yesterday, we looked at a couple of verses that instruct us to not be overly concerned about our food and raiment.  Today, we will look at the examples given to us about this.

The first example given are the birds.  They don’t know how to sow a crop or even harvest a crop.  But the Father makes sure that they are fed.  Birds eat quite a few different things, but God provides for each of them and provides them the instinct to know what to eat and where to find it.

The second example we are given is our height.  Jesus asks the question “which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?”  I know of quite a few people who would like to be a little taller.  I am fairly tall, but every time I play basketball, I find that it would be nice to have a couple extra inches.  But it is a ridiculous thought to think that we could make ourselves taller just by thinking about it.  It is also a ridiculous thought to think that we could take care of ourselves better than God could take care of us.

The third example is the simple beauty of the lily.  We worry and fret about our appearance, but God is the One Who clothed the lilies.  With this illustration, He again reminds us that, while He feeds the birds and clothes the lilies, He loves us far more than He loves either of those.

If God can care for mere plants and animals like He does, just think how much He cares for us.  What a great thought!

4 responses to this post.

  1. It is so true Ben! God loves us and out that love He is motivated to answer our prayers and meet our needs. It is not because of anything we do but because of His character that He cares for us! Oh what an awesome God!


  2. How less stress we would have if we could grasp this! Oh to trust Him more. God bless you, Ben, and thank you for this! And every time I hear this following song on the radio, I think of you and kept wanting to share it here with you. 🙂 Just ’cause it says, “justified freely” in it!


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