Luke 12:1-31; Genesis 21; Psalm 14
“Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?” (Luke 11:23-24 NKJV)
We live in a fashion-conscious society. We spend a fortune on clothes, makeup, and even plastic surgery to make ourselves look more attractive to others. When it comes to food, depending on the restaurant you go to, you can spend over $400 on a meal – more than some people spend to eat all year in some countries. I can’t help but think Jesus may have been thinking of our current times when He reminded the people in ancient Israel that food and clothing wasn’t as important as their relationship with God. As Jesus continued the comparison with the ravens, He noted that God took special care of them, but, as much as God cared for these birds, their value doesn’t compare to our value as human beings. As a confirmed bird lover, I can’t tell you how much I enjoy the beauty and variety of the birds that God has created, each person is far more important in God’s sight than any collection of birds. If you’re like me, though, you’re probably full of self-criticism and self-doubt. You wonder if what you did is good enough. You wonder if other people like you, or like what you did. Joyfully, no matter how much you criticize yourself and no matter how much you may doubt your worth, God loves you and cares for you. He thinks that you’re important enough for Jesus to die for.
Has it been one of those days? Maybe nothing went right today. Maybe you’re just feeling down for no discernible reason. Maybe you really messed up big time and you think everyone hates you. Maybe you’re questioning if your life has any value at all. Take heart. The One who knows you better than you know yourself thinks you’re amazing and He values you so much that He cares for you, feeds you, and wants to love and forgive you. You’re worth it. Remember that every time you hear a bird sing or see one fly overhead.
Lord, I’m amazed that You love me so much. I see all my faults and wonder how anyone could love me. You see me, know me, and love me perfectly. Help me to live with the power of Your love in my heart and show others how much You love them.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.