Anxiety, fear, worry and stress are familiar experiences in this fallen world. You might be facing a trying issue right now with finances, with your marriage or a child, with your job or with something else. We all need reminders on how to respond to those challenges, looking to the Lord to receive His promised peace.
In Matthew 6 Jesus says, “Do not be worried… Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” Birds do not worry about having enough to eat even though they can’t produce their own food supply. All they have is what is provided for them. And God faithfully cares for them, He feeds them. And yet He does it in a way that involves their activity. Jesus is not suggesting that birds just sit in their nest and wait for food to show up. No, birds are not passive—they are in constant motion, they are active, they are diligent, they are persistent. God’s care does not negate our responsibility to work if we can. Birds work—but they don’t worry. It’s Psalm 37:3, “Trust in the Lord and do good.” Jesus is making the point that God takes care of the birds and you that you are worth so much more to Him! God is their Creator, but He is your Father. So in times of anxiety, draw near to the Lord, casting your cares on Him, remembering His care for you (1 Peter 5:7). And whenever you see a bird, let it remind you the Lord’s love for you and experience what Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.”