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God's Sovereignty: Week 3 - Devotion 1

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” - Matthew 6:26

Out of all the things that Jesus could have pointed people to as an alternative to worrying, he chose birds and flowers. Maybe He liked how the birds flew, or the flowers showed color, but we honestly don't know.  What we do know is in one of the most important sermons Christ ever delivered He chose to point us to birds and flowers.

Read Matthew 6:25-30. Birds and flowers. Jesus directed the people to these two everyday things then (and us as we read it now) with the same sincerity He had when He calmed the raging seas. Nothing was beneath being a metaphor for God’s sovereignty, including things that flew and things that were stuck in the ground. We all need God to give us the roots and wings we need to overcome our deepest fears. We likewise sometimes need Him to point out how something right under our nose can lift up our heads.

 

Think about this: 

  • What “everyday” metaphor might Jesus use to show you that God really has sovereign control over your life?

  • The people who heard Jesus’ words that day undoubtedly had seen birds and flowers before, but likely saw them differently after that. What is something Christ might want to give you a “second perspective” about in your life?

 

Emily Traylor