The Sparrow and the Heart: The Sparrow (Part 5)

I know I am supposed to love creation, but sometimes it’s hard for me. I don’t like animals and I am not very fond of nature. So in Matthew chapter 6 when Jesus uses both birds (creepy rats with wings) and flowers as positive examples of how to live for His glory I find it hard to connect with the illustration. But Jesus is making a profoundly important point for all of us who have a touch of anxiety: God provides for this part of His creation because He loves it…and He loves us more.

Here’s how Jesus communicated it:

28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,  29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (Matthew 6:28-30)

Jesus here calls us to look at the wildflowers. These plants don’t fret, and worry, they don’t work, and store up. They’re plants! No plant ever fretted over what to wear in the morning, or if it would be warm enough, stylish enough, etc. No flower does that because God cares for them. And He cares for them to such a degree that Jesus even says they are more beautiful than all the splendor that Solomon could have conjured up with his great wealth, resources, and wisdom.

And again, Jesus highlights how much more He loves us than grass. Think about your lawn. Your grass gets walked on by your dirty feet, cut down by your mower, and peed on by your neighbors dog (even when you both have fences…I don’t understand it). Grass is here today and gone tomorrow yet God cares for it. So what on earth causes us to worry?! God provides for flowers and they’re just flowers…aren’t you more important to him than a plant?

So why do we worry? Sometimes the truth is that we just forget these obvious principles. Sometimes we just forget who God is, how great is His concern, that we are better than birds and Begonias. But there are other times, perhaps even more frequently in my life, where the failure is not simply forgetfulness its sinfulness.

Note verse 30 where Jesus plainly points out the root of the disciples problem: you have little faith. Sometimes we worry not simply because we forget who God is, but we don’t actually trust Him when He says He will provide for us because He cares for us.

We’ll talk more about that next week, but spend sometime now asking yourself those probing and serious questions: am I worrying because I simply don’t trust God? Do I know who God is well enough to believe in the midst of trials? Do I fully get that God loves me more than a flower? To abolish your anxiety you have to know and trust God…also you could pick a flower and see if that helps.

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