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“Not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s consent” (Mt 10:29)
Few things matter more than safety. On one hand, Roman soldiers threatened Jewish families with imprisonment, at the slightest offense. On the other, anonymous traitors slithered in, jumping at the chance to murder. With this combination, it’s no wonder the disciples' hope shriveled. Although physically strong, Jesus understood their ‘hurt inner child’. Jesus strolled toward a lush meadow growing lilies. Pausing in the field, he asked them to look skyward. While gazing upward, Jesus prompted them to study the birds' behavior. Obediently, they gazed at hosts of brilliant feathered tribes. Flying back and forth, filling the groves with music. Yet, untroubled concerning their next meal.
During these crucial conversations, Jesus demonstrated his Father's providence that extends to all creatures. He expounded, ‘if God gives the greater gifts of 'life and body,’ then will he not also supply the lesser ones (food and clothing). He goes on to instruct that ‘even the least of these fowls, namely a sparrow, will not fall to its’ death outside of God’s attention. Here, Jesus accentuates a lesson in trust, “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Heb 11:6). Warning them against unbelief in the Father’s protection.
Like the disciples, we need a bulldog grip on our emotions. Throughout scripture, we learn how valuable we really are, important enough to die for. God's Omnipresence entices the psalmist to cry out, “How can I get away from you? If I make my bed in hell, you are there” (Psa 139:8). Too, God’s Omniscience consoles us (knowing each hair). His unseen power rules over everything (just read Job). Friend, there’s no other protection, period. Most important. He mothers the bird and will do the same for us (Mt 6).
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