AND WILL HE FEED HIS BIRDS — AND STARVE HIS CHILDREN?

AND WILL HE FEED HIS BIRDS — AND STARVE HIS CHILDREN?

John MacDuff


“Look at the BIRDS of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26

From the GENERAL care of God for these lower creatures — with what confidence may we infer God’s SPECIAL care for His people, who are His by so many close and tender ties!

Are the birds of the air fed? Do they find their food provided by a HAND which they cannot recognize? Does He who gave them being, and who has assigned to them their appointed place in the ranks of creation, supply their daily needs, so that none of their species perish for lack of sustenance, but continue, from age to age — a standing monument of His providential goodness?

And will He feed His birds — and starve His children? Will He care for the one — and neglect the other? It cannot possibly be! The Savior refers to their comparative value, and asks, “Are you not of more value than they?” You are RATIONAL creatures, SPIRITUAL creatures, IMMORTAL creatures, yes, REDEEMED creatures — and therefore unspeakably more important than the birds are. If He then cares for them — oh! will He not care for YOU?

In connection with the above consideration, we may refer to the RELATIONSHIP which exists between God and His people. He is their FATHER — and they are His sons and daughters. Now a kind earthly father has it in him, as a natural instinct, to care for his children. His heart is set upon helping, supporting, directing, comforting, and blessing them. Such a concern has he for their well-being, that scarcely any sacrifice is deemed too costly by which that concern shall appear in practical manifestation. And if his concern for them should be repaid by nothing but ingratitude, as, alas! is often the case — yet even this cannot destroy his affections and feelings.

And if EARTHLY fathers care for their children — will not OUR HEAVENLY FATHER care for His? If they are full of concern for their offspring — then is it to be supposed that He, who implanted those kindly principles in their hearts, can be unconcerned about HIS offspring?

“Look at the BIRDS of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER FEEDS THEM. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26

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