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God Doesn't Forget a Single Bird

By Scott Presson
CBN Staff Writer

CBN.com - On my way into work this morning, a bird darted in front of me. I heard it bounce off of my truck and in my rear view mirror; I saw it as it fell to the side of the road. The Lord immediately spoke to me about that little bird. He impressed it upon my heart that He had seen what happened and He was totally aware of it. My mind jumped to this verse:

What is the price of five sparrows? A couple of pennies? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows. (Luke 12:6)

God doesn't forget a single bird. God's creation is valuable to Him. As a part of His creation, He is concerned with you and me. In fact we are His chosen vessels to complete His will on earth.

Sometimes we all feel as if we've been "left out in the cold". We feel like God must have His attention elsewhere and He didn't see that problem that came up or realize we needed a quick resolution. Just like that bird that darted in front of me, we often ask why God doesn't intervene in our lives, why didn't God make him zig instead of zag?

But of course God does intervene as we yield to Him.

God really does care about us. God really does see all the problems. God really is on the job, hearing our prayers and taking care of what we need.

We have to stay focused. We hear a variation of that all the time. The world says, "Just stay focused", as if that will make our entire decision making process okay. Or they say, "Work through it," as if all the poor choices we've made can be corrected by force of will. God wants us to focus on Him:

And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won't he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! And don't worry about food - what to eat and drink. Don't worry whether God will provide it for you. These things dominate the thoughts of most people, but your Father already knows your needs. He will give you all you need from day to day if you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. (Luke 12:28)

He will give us everything we need if we make His kingdom our focus. We have to learn to rely on Him to take care of the issues in our lives. How many times have you tried to interject yourself in a situation fully intending on doing the right thing and yet it turns out so wrong. We always want to do things our way and yet half the time that's the very reason we're in that position in the first place. Our free will is not free reign to wreak havoc. In fact, that's what God is trying to get us to see, Yield To Him And He Will Take Care Of You. Look at this verse:

If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your dwelling. For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone. You will trample down lions and poisonous snakes; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! The Lord says, "I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them. I will satisfy them with a long life and give them my salvation. (Psalms 91:9)

He will protect you, rescue you, be with you, answer you, honor you, satisfy you, give you long life and His salvation. If you make God your refuge and your shelter! We just have to trust in Him and he gives us all that. What a bargain!

Don't fret. God sees all the little birds that fall by the wayside and He sees all you are struggling with today. He wants you to know that He loves you with His everlasting Love. He wants you to know that He alone knows all about you and every hope and dream you hold so dear. He alone knows the issues in your life. He alone knows the way it will all turn out, But You Must Yield To Him. God's plan is the best plan. His plan will make you skillful at His calling. His plan for you will enable you to go forward with confidence. His plan will prevail.

God wants to bless you right now. He is giving you strength for this day and hope for the future. He is giving you peace. Just receive all that He has for you! Rest in the fact that He is looking upon you with graciousness and favor. You are His beloved.

The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. (Numbers 6: 24)

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