The Sparrow – free from anxiety

“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs on your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10: 29-30.

 

“Look at the birds of the air, for they nether sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 5: 26. 

Jesus was very keen that we should learn from the birds, and not to be at all anxious about our earthly needs because God Himself, the perfect Father, has promised He will take care of His children’s needs. What is important is to be His children, respecting and obeying all His laws and commandments. He promises that if we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, then all our earthly needs will be provided (Matthew 6: 33). 

When there was drought and famine in Israel because of the people’s ungodly behaviour, God sent ravens with bread and meat morning and evening to provide for Elijah’s needs. When the brook dried up, God told Elijah to travel to Sidon where He had commanded a widow to provide for him. (1 Kings 17: 1-9). 

Jesus also provided for His disciples on their journeys, sending them out without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, and they lacked nothing. (Luke 22: 35). Neither will His disciples today lack anything they need on life’s journey.

Let us believe this with all of our hearts, and not be anxious about earthly situations that threaten our welfare, our security, or those we love. “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10: 28. What we should fear is to commit sin! Then we have a glorious eternal future.

Paul wrote from prison: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7. 

We may not know how our earthly needs are going to be met, but we believe in God’s goodness and power. What is important is to know the word of righteousness that He wants us to practice in every trial, and then we also obtain His joy and peace.