Bob's Blog - January 12, 2022

January 12, 2022


“Look at the birds of the air….” (Matthew 6:26a)


To those of you who think that I have the emotional range of an amoeba, it may come as a bit of a surprise to you that I have some birdfeeders. At the risk of ruining my reputation, I confess that I feed birds. But, while confession is in order, I must also admit that I could do a better job of keeping the feeders full. 

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.

Whenever I go out to fill up the feeders, all the birds fly away as if I am going to hurt them. I’m thinking, “Hey you bird-brains, I’m bringing food to you that I paid for! I’ve been feeding you for years, why would I feed you all these years if I wanted to hurt you?” I guess the Lord could basically say the same thing to us, right? We are so prone to distrust Him and think that He will do things against us, so we think that we have the right to withhold affection and relationship from Him. Would the Lord provide for you all these years to throw you to the curb now? Did Christ die on the cross, begrudgingly?

“Look at the birds of the air…. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.” (Matthew 6:26a, 34a)


For the birds,



Sunday’s text: 1 Samuel 8