“24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!Luke 12:24-32
25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. 32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
OK, Let’s consider the ravens.
The first Raven we see in the Bible, Noah sent out to see if the land was dry yet. The bird did not return. I have heard many schools of thought about this, from it was sent in error to the raven being disobedient to God. Neither of them seem correct to me.
Noah, an obedient man, would send the wrong bird? An obedient bird would disobey and fly around, exhausting itself?
“And sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth.” Genesis 8:7 ESV
This bird has a mission, was sent to find land. This raven did not eat or sleep; it did nothing else but fly in search of it until he found the dry land. Did this raven worry about food, health, exhaustion, or anything? It does not seem so – it seems this raven believed he was in the hand of God and just did as he was told.
Consider the raven – as we consider, maybe we should consider how complex we as humans make things. The bird obeys and God provides. We obey and God provides.
“He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Luke 11:28 NIV
Consider the raven – Speaking of God’s providence, He used the raven, the same bird he later told us to consider to provide for Elijah during the drought:
“2 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: 3 “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. 4 You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”1 Kings 17:2-6
“5 So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.”
What a wonderful example of God’s protecting love, provisions, and goodness! Whoo-hoo! There is that ‘GOOD’ word again. In the first verse I shared above, Jesus is trying to show us that God takes care of the ravens, but here we see he also can use the ravens to take care of us, because they are obedient to His direction.
This is unfolding into a simple example of the relationship God wants with us. The bird obeys and God provides for the bird and uses the bird to provide for others. We obey and God provides for us and uses us to provide for others.
And now why are we considering the raven?
A local hospitals announced they have run out of tests for the Covid-19 pandemic. Others announced they are running out of Personal Protective Equipment (gloves, masks, etc.) Stores are running out of food and toilet paper. I am trying hard to redirect everyone to focus on what God IS doing, however, occasionally we need to look at threat and fear dead in the face and remind it that it is a lie from the devil – because my God shall supply!!! He is the King above all kings, Lord above all lords, and Supply Chain Manager above all other supply chain managers!
Job was experiencing quite the Storm (and this pandemic seems to be quite a storm) and out of the Storm, God spoke – Read and pray to understand:
Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:Job 38 NIV
2 “Who is this that obscures my plans
with words without knowledge?
3 Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels[a] shouted for joy?
8 “Who shut up the sea behind doors
when it burst forth from the womb,
9 when I made the clouds its garment
and wrapped it in thick darkness,
10 when I fixed limits for it
and set its doors and bars in place,
11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
here is where your proud waves halt’?
12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning,
or shown the dawn its place,
13 that it might take the earth by the edges
and shake the wicked out of it?
14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;
its features stand out like those of a garment.
15 The wicked are denied their light,
and their upraised arm is broken.
16 “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been shown to you?
Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
Tell me, if you know all this.
19 “What is the way to the abode of light?
And where does darkness reside?
20 Can you take them to their places?
Do you know the paths to their dwellings?
21 Surely you know, for you were already born!
You have lived so many years!
22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow
or seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 which I reserve for times of trouble,
for days of war and battle?
24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,
or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?
25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,
and a path for the thunderstorm,
26 to water a land where no one lives,
an uninhabited desert,
27 to satisfy a desolate wasteland
and make it sprout with grass?
28 Does the rain have a father?
Who fathers the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb comes the ice?
Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens
30 when the waters become hard as stone,
when the surface of the deep is frozen?
31 “Can you bind the chains[b] of the Pleiades?
Can you loosen Orion’s belt?
32 Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons[c]
or lead out the Bear[d] with its cubs?
33 Do you know the laws of the heavens?
Can you set up God’s[e] dominion over the earth?
34 “Can you raise your voice to the clouds
and cover yourself with a flood of water?
35 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?
Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?
36 Who gives the ibis wisdom[f]
or gives the rooster understanding?[g]
37 Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?
Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens
38 when the dust becomes hard
and the clods of earth stick together?
39 “Do you hunt the prey for the lioness
and satisfy the hunger of the lions
40 when they crouch in their dens
or lie in wait in a thicket?
41 Who provides food for the raven
when its young cry out to God
and wander about for lack of food?
Consider the raven, because we are loved by God so much more. We obey and God provides for us and uses us to provide for others. He provides physically, spiritually and emotionally. He provides ALL our needs.
To God be the glory through all of this! All Good things come from Him!!
Thank you for reading ~ be healthy and blessed ~ God created the heavens and earth and has it all under control. Have peace and draw close to him. ~ Pray for our nation and healthcare supplies ~ pray Psalms 91