March 2010

“Boy, things are getting bad, aren’t they?”

“Yep,” came the reply. Tweet, tweet.

“And, this new Healthcare program really has me concerned.”

“Yep, me too,” he answered softly. Tweet, tweet.

“And, with the economy in such bad shape. . .the slumping housing market. . .the threat of terrorism. . .earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, the coming tornado season, the increasing number of exotic diseases, etc., I just don’t know what we’re going to do.”

“Yep, it makes my feathers flutter,” he chirped.

Tweet, tweet.

If sparrows could talk, would this be the content of their conversation? Maybe we ought to listen to them again:

“Boy, things are getting bad, aren’t they?

“Yep,” came the reply. Tweet, tweet.

“And, the fact that we don’t have any type of health coverage or life insurance really has me concerned.”

“Yep, me too,” his mite-ridden, feathered-friend answered. Tweet, tweet.

“And it’s getting harder and harder to find enough worms and bugs to feed my family these days. Plus, I think this global warming thing is making the wind blow harder and my little nest, made out of assorted twigs, isn’t much protection during a storm. And, I’ve never seen the likes of such an increase in cats and hawks. It’s getting to where I fear even getting up in the morning.”

“Yea, I know just what you mean,” he replies. Tweet, tweet.

Now, we know the above-conversation is a hypothetical one—for birds don’t carry on conversations like that. Assuredly, ornithologists tell us they do communicate in their own way through various types of chirps, calls and cries. Some are mating calls. Some are warning calls. Some are for mating, while others are distress calls.

But, they don’t have the ability to carry on such in-depth conversations over their situations or the state-of-affairs of the world around them.

Instead, they instinctively trust their Creator to take care of them.

And, Jesus reminded His followers (and us) that the Heavenly Father knows their needs of such things and supplies them (Matthew 6:26). In fact, He even knows when a single one of them dies and falls to the ground (Mt. 10:29).

Then He added, “And you are of much more value than these” (Mt. 10:31).

Oh, dear Reader, isn’t that a wonderful Promise??

Assuredly it is.

There’s no doubt we live in a troubled world. World economies are faltering. The threat of terrorism is escalating. Our nation is divided on every hand on virtually every issue.

But, one thing is clear (and has never changed):

Our sparrow-watching God, Who knows the number of hairs on our heads (Mt. 10:30), also knows us individually and has promised to “supply all of our needs according to His riches in Glory through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

In fact, He’s even promised to catch every one of our tears “in His bottle and write them in His Book” (Psalm 56:8—KJV).

Thus, it all comes down to a matter of how much we believe Him and trust Him to keep His Word.

Years ago, I heard a popular Bible teacher on the radio and he said, “If you look at others, you get distressed. If you look at yourself, you get depressed. But, if you look to Jesus, you’ll be blessed.”

What a wonderful truth and Blessed Assurance!

Here’s praying we might be like the tiny sparrows and have simple “bird-brained faith.” That way we won’t be so troubled by the things that are happening around us (John 14:1-3, 27; Philippians 4:4-9, 11, 13).

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