Do we have to persuade ourselves how valuable we are to God?
“Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!” Luke 12:24.
Frequently, Jesus refers to the book of nature to remind us about something in God’s character. It’s an effortless connection, that the God who made the birds, also made the people, and that provision and supply must come from the same source.
But isn’t it encouraging to realise that if this first point is true (that there is a creator), then so is the second (that the creator cares for his creation)? And there is yet a third point: the supply does not depend on activism or performance (no sowing, reaping, no storehouse nor barn) but upon the loving character of the creator: “Yet God feeds them”!
Jesus slips in an amazing question: “Of how much more value are you than the birds?”
You are anxious, perhaps, because you don’t really receive the truth that God is creator; that he is a loving creator, and that you place in that creation is of spectacular import.
O God, I ask today, that you remind me of my value in your sight. Open the eyes of my heart that I might see clearly that you provide for all you have made.
This morning, I am lifting up my hands to you.