God cares about birds, yet he cares even more about you (Matthew 6:26).
God cares about natural laws like sunlight and seasons, yet he cares even more about you (Matthew 5:45).
God cares about your car, your 401K, your future travel plans and the presidential election, yet he cares more about you (Acts 17:26,27).
God uses things for you—not you for things
Way back when God created the world, he told Adam and Eve that it was all for them. He provided the resources of the earth to serve their needs.
He told Adam and Eve and all humanity, “Fill the earth and subdue it … I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food” (Genesis 1:28,29).
God uses his creation to serve people, whom he loves even more. God uses the resources and the animals and the things of this world to serve people, whom he loves even more.
Look around today
See springtime blossoming around you. Smell the rain shower quenching thirsty grass and trees. Enjoy warmer winds and rays of sunlight reflecting off a pond. Endure a virus, as well.
God cares about all of it in his created world. And he uses all of it for your good and your special purpose.
As Jesus promises, “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” (Matthew 6:26)?
Heavenly Father, you are both Creator and Caregiver, continually observing, monitoring, and providing. Thank you for taking special care of me, your child, and using your creation to serve me. Give me and my loved ones peace today, protection from sin and sickness, and a calm, courageous faith that trusts in you. Amen.
Read Acts 17:26,27. God uses things to serve us. The ultimate purpose is not our happiness or comfort, but what?