Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Consider the Ravens

....from me to you, heart to heart....

I could hear those big black scary-looking birds outside cawing loudly. It sounded as though they were fussing at each other. I looked outside and noticed them feeding on whatever God had given them; their noises were probably the calls to their family to come eat. God feeds even the ravens, those birds that aren’t very pretty. I suddenly remembered a word from the Lord—Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!  Luke 12:24 (NASB)

Consider the ravens, God said, and I did. They appear menacing in their dark black suits. They give me the creeps and look down-right terrifying. I see them on light posts as I walk my dogs in the mornings, and they seem to look down on me, plotting against me. Then I come to my senses and realize they’re just waking up hungry, ready to eat, gaining strength for their day. AND GOD CARES! Really? REALLY! He says so in His Word. Read it again...... Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!

You, me, us, the entire human race—we are more valuable then them! Even if we’re not perfect and demonstrate disgusting behaviors, HE STILL LOVES US! And He feeds us—with His Word, the Bible. It’s right there, in your living room on a shelf, or tucked away in a drawer, or maybe that Bible is there on your lap and you have doubts about what it says. Maybe you don’t even own one* (look at the end of post).

That Word, the Bible, has been available to us for all of our lives. You can buy it most anywhere, even at Wal-Mart (here in the United States). It was written over two thousand years ago and it still has relevance for us today. It’s good reading and you can apply it to anything in life, so says the second book of Timothy. Read it right here. All the Holy Writings are God-given and are made alive by Him. Man is helped when he is taught God’s Word. It shows what is wrong. It changes the way of a man’s life. It shows him how to be right with God. It gives the man who belongs to God everything he needs to work well for Him. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (New Life Version - NLV)

So if those words of God can change lives, making us right with God, and if God can really teach us with that Book, then why aren’t more of us reading it? Why aren’t we getting up early like those big black ugly birds and going after it? Those birds are hungry, and with all of their energy and strength and loudness, they are going after seeds, food. They are eating and being filled. They have been provided for by the Provider. All they did was get up and go get it! Can we do that?

Hear again what the Word says:
Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” Matthew 13:3-9 (NIV)
“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:18-23 (NIV)
Are you worried about anything? Have you let sorrow and persecution steal your joy? Is wealth choking you? Are you hungry? Do you feel as if you have reached the end? Are you hanging by your thumbnails? If you’re in one of those places, then you’re focused on your problem, not the God of all creation. Your problem appears really big, probably bigger then it really is. In your eyes, God has gotten smaller. BUT HE’S NOT SMALLER. He’s the same as He’s always been. Scripture tells us in Hebrews 13:8 that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (NIV)
So why are you worried? HE CARES FOR YOU! Read the proof from 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV): Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. So throw all your worries onto Him. He’s big enough to carry all of your problems and all of mine. Get up early and caw loudly if you need to [In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. Psalm 18:6 (NIV)]. Let Him know you’re hungry and He’ll take care of you. But make sure you do your part by feeding on His Word. It’s out there, just pick it up, read, and feed. He’ll fill you up and your hunger pangs (pains) will be no more. 
Do not worry—read and believe!
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Luke 12:22-31 (NIV)
Consider the ravens and remember: He takes care of them and He’ll certainly take care of you. You’re more valuable!
*Do you own a Bible? Use it and make it an old faithful worn out friend. If you don’t own one, please let me know through my email at and somehow, some way, with God’s help, I’ll get one into your hands.

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