A Robin's Nest: Four Birds Pointing to God's Glory
Growing up in England and living in all the cities and concrete jungles that I've been, I've never become acquainted with much wildlife. It wasn't until I moved to BC that I took an interest in all the kinds of creatures that live here. Since being here I've been caught in wonder as coyotes, deer, and bears visit me in my backyard, I get to walk amidst hummingbirds, snakes, interesting bugs, and my most recent acquaintance, these four baby robins.
A Robin's Nest
All four of them slept soundly in a small potted shrub in the pool area of a hotel in Whistler.
I parted the greenery that concealed them to peeked into the hidden nest. As soon as the sunlight hit the faces of these tiny birds they came alive with beaks outstretched, ready to receive much-needed food from their long awaited and busy mother.
Some scattered thoughts:
Our God who feeds, sustains, provides.
And as I get to enjoy peering at these little lives, I am reminded of who God is, He is a Father, who provides for and sustains His creation.
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:26 ESV)
And even more, that our God is one who makes the way that His creation can be sustained by, He is the one who is due glory and credit when we see the streams, rivers, lakes, rain and waters give drink to His creation.
You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills; they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches. From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work. (Psalm 104:10-13 ESV)
When I meditate on those words and see these robins, I am in awe that a great, mighty and powerful God, who is busy fighting back the kingdom of darkness would also care to sustain and provide for these four little birds.
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. (Hebrews 1:3 ESV)
By the word of His power, God sustains the very molecules of every being, even the lips of those who persecute Him and His saints.
All of His works in creation glorify Him
O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Here is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable, living things both small and great. There go the ships, and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.
These all look to you, to give them their food in due season. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground. (Psalm 104:24-30 ESV)
As those who are restored back into relationship with Christ, when we see anything, our hearts can experience a fullness of joy knowing that none of His works and creation end in themselves but that all His creation and all of His works ultimately point back to Him and glorify Him.
May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works, who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke! I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD. (Psalm 104:31-34 ESV)
Our purposes for His glory
As God's creatures fulfil their purpose in glorifying Him by being receivers of His grace and providence, likewise, we too ought to fulfil our purpose and design by glorifying the work of Christ by being vessels of mercy, jars of clay filled by Him and receivers of His grace.
We are made to look to Him as His creation does (Psalm 104:27), and we glorify Him when we do. We glorify God when we show to others that we are sustained, provided for and fed by our Creator. We glorify God as the earth glorifies Him when we display our satisfaction in Him by the fruit of His work (Psalm 104:13).
The more I meditate on Psalm 104, the more intrigued over how God's Creation glorifies Him, and how I ought to display similar attributes as His work and creation. So perhaps I can leave you some encouragement to visit that Psalm and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal some sweet truths for you to marinate in! :)
Why then are some Christians hungry or unclothed?
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 ESV)
Many of you would be familiar with this promise. We know that God is not a liar and that He keeps His promises. So why do we see Kingdom seeking Christians hungry or unclothed? And why would God warn us later of the possibility of famine and nakedness?
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” (Romans 8:35-36 ESV)
John Piper, explains this in a manner far better than I would be able to articulate. He's a solid pastor, preacher and teacher reconcile these two points in this short video, God Will Give You Everything You Need.
Did you watch the video? What are your thoughts? Did the Holy Spirit show you anything you hadn't noticed before from Psalm 104 or any of the other verses mentioned here?