“Look! I now confirm my covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that is with you, including the birds, the domestic animals, and every living creature of the earth with you, all those that came out of the ark with you – every living creature of the earth. — Gen 9:9-10 NET
It is strange how God’s care extends even to animals. This covenant was not with man only–but with all the animal creation as well. Think of God making a covenant with the cattle that roam in the valleys, the sheep that graze in the meadows, the birds that fly in the air, and even with the insects that chirp in the fields. Yet that is what he did! We know, too, that this divine care is real. There are other promises which contain the same assurances.
“He feeds the wild animals, and the young ravens cry to him for food.” Psalm 147:9. Our Lord said, “Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns–because your heavenly Father feeds them!” Matthew 6:26. God cares for birds. There is a promise, too, for the flowers, “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are!” Jesus says.
Of course the lesson for us from all this, is the one which Jesus taught. If God cares for the birds and flowers–how much more will he care for his own children! Therefore we ought to trust him without fear!
Daily Comfort - January 14
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