Advent Promises

Wednesday, December 16

Do not worry…look at the birds of the air…your heavenly Father feeds them…Seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.  Matthew 6 

We have a small bird feeder attached to our dining room window where the chickadees and sparrows delight us with their antics. Swooping from the nearby large pine tree, sometimes their tiny feet scramble as they land on the slippery peak instead of the sturdy ledge.

On one of the first frigid days of this winter, I re-filled the feeder just in case the predicted snow became a reality. Soon what looked like a bird gang frantically dove for their fair share of food, larger birds intent on displacing their smaller relatives.

In bird language, is this what I might have heard? 

Out of the way…I got here first. 
Don’t trust that human; she’s sure to forget about us.
Walmart food isn’t as good as seeds from the specialty shop. 
Did you see the banquet on the patio next door?

Ridiculous? Take a minute to examine your honest conversations with God about his supply. Any demands? Distrust? Envy? Impatience? Weariness? 

You owe me after all I’ve done for you.
It sure seems like you’re forgetting me.
I’m tired of “just enough.
I’m crying with the psalmist: “How long will the wicked prosper?”

Your “feeder” might be a little scant this year, but the way we look at the Father’s supply is a good indication of what and how we worship. Meditate on Matthew 6:25 and 26 from The Message:

If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes (in the bird feeder!)…  Look at the birds…

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