After moving to Georgia two years ago, one of the animals that we noticed here was the raven. If you have not seen one, you will be amazed when you do. It is large, stately black bird. When I say large, it is big enough to carry away a small child. Yes, a slight exaggeration, but it does express the size of this bird. They are also very intelligent and seem to dominate their surroundings.
Even though they are large, dominant birds, the ravens still must rely on someone to provide for their food and shelter during storms. As I watched these beautiful birds, I am reminded of the second kernel of the Thanksgiving tradition of the five kernels. That kernel reminds us that God provides for all our needs.
In Matthew 6, Jesus tells us that God knows all of our needs. We do not have to wonder about what we are going to eat or drink. He knows and will provide them. So, we do not have to worry about being provided for.
In Luke, Jesus talks about the ravens. The ravens do not sow or reap, but they are provided for. They have all that they need to live because of their Heavenly Father. If God takes care of the birds and lilies of the field, why would you doubt that He would not do the same for His children?
Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Luke 12:24 (NLT)
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