Earlier this year, I put a bird feeder outside the window of my home office. I keep a bag of birdseed in my office so I can refill it when it starts running low. It gives me great joy to look out the window at cardinals, sparrows, doves, and whatever other bids I don’t even know the names of. But a funny thing happens when I approach the window to get a closer look – the birds always fly away! What’s up with that??? Let’s review the situation here - I installed the birdfeeder, I make sure it stays full of seeds, and I enjoy being in the company of the birds. But instead of appreciation, as soon as they sense my presence, they perceive a threat and skedaddle.
James 1:17 - Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights
Things to think about:
· We humans can be just like these birds. Every good gift we have comes from a loving heavenly Father who longs to be in relationship with us
· Instead of naturally gravitating towards Him, our nature is to flee
· And yet, He is the source of every good and perfect gift
· Some of the reasons people flee might include:
o Ignorance as to His loving nature
o Misinformation about God, like He’s displeased and wants to smite us
o Shame and/or conviction
o What else?
· What about the birds who won’t approach the birdfeeder at all to taste and see that it is good?
o Psalm 34:8 - Taste
and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.
· Some birds like blue jays chase away the more timid birds so they can gorge themselves
o I wonder if we are ever like blue jays in our churches or fellowships that keep other folks from the source of nourishment?
· What about the birds who don’t even know there is a birdfeeder readily available to them with no strings attached?
o Are we doing what we can to tell other birds where they can find seed?
o Especially in the wintertime of their lives when comfort and nourishment seem scarce?
· God is good, He loves you and has made every provision for you
o Matthew 6:26 - Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?