The Sparrow and the Heart: The Sparrow (Part 4)

Jesus wants us to abolish anxiety. We are, of course, a culture riddle with worry and fear and anxiety. The massive increases in various anxiety medications only evidence this. But Jesus wants us to trust in His character and His promises. But Jesus isn’t just telling us to stop worrying, He actually wants to build a case for our confidence that is rooted in our knowledge of God. So he says, “look at the birds.”

Now, I don’t like birds. Those nasty little rats with wings give me the creeps. But Jesus has a point here. He wants us to note how the birds conductive themselves. Birds don’t spend their days fretting and worrying over food and shelter and provision. They’re birds. Their brains aren’t big enough to include worry. But more pointedly, Jesus says that His Father actually provides for the birds. Jesus actually repeats this illustration in Matthew 10, there we read:

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.  31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31)

Jesus’ point here is that if God provides for us because He cares for us. He picks out the sparrow because it’s a cheap useless little bird. It’s sold two for a penny! Yet, God cares for this little bird…not a single one falls to the ground without God’s involvement. And then he concludes by saying, “You Are Better Than Birds!”

We are better than birds! Therefore if God provides for the birds we can trust Him to provide for us! It’s silly when I think about God’s provisions for the whole created world and yet I turn and pause and think…can/will God care for me? The question, then, is do you believe God? Do you trust Him when He says, “fear not! You are more valuable than a whole bunch of sparrows!” God provides for us because He cares for us. Abolish anxiety by grasping firmly the picture of the Sparrows and the picture of God’s provision for them and for us.

As we continue to move through this series I’d encourage you to take time today to pause and reflect on specifics: How has God provided for you?

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