This morning while I was eating my usual bowl of Providential Icons (aka Lucky Charms), I realized that my bird feeders were empty and had in fact been empty for a couple of days now. I felt a twinge of guilt since it seems to me that a decent number of birds have come to depend on my magnanimous heart for their sustenance. I knew that, before I left for the day, I needed to get them some food.
There is a bird store that sells some “high-end” bird seed. I did not know that was a thing. But this seed is apparently for the discriminating bird (of course it’s 3x the price). So, if you just want common birds like sparrows, etc. then get the cheap stuff, but if you want to attract the more aristocratic varieties, well, here you go. When Jesus talked about how His heavenly Father feeds the birds, He did not discriminate between the species. He cares about all of them. (That was my argument for buying the cheap stuff.) Besides, the Lord may be using me as a means of feeding the birds so I need to provide something that all of them can eat, right?
Look at the birds of the air. The point that Jesus is making is that, if God has arranged to provide for birds, then He will take care of you because you are more valuable than birds. In fact, in this text Jesus gives us a command. “Do not be anxious about your life.” That is an order from Christ because He really cares about you and will provide you and everyone else that you love exactly what is needed, when it is needed. Let me give you one more thing to chew on.