by Cheri Cowell @CheriCowell
The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise. Isaiah 43:20-21 NIV
Have you ever seen a giant bird of prey? I once attended a birds of prey show. Their aim, of course, is preservation and conservation, which are admirable, but those were not what struck me as I observed those magnificent creatures. I was struck by the majesty of the God who created them.
Did you know that with a force five times their own body weight, the secretary birds can knock out a cobra snake with one kick? The peregrine falcon is arguably the fastest animal in the world, clocked at 242 mph. Swainson’s hawks migrate more than 6,000 miles one way from Canada to Argentina in as little as two months. This means they are averaging 124 miles per day.
The Bible tells us that the purpose of all creation is to reveal God’s glory. It was easy to see, as I gazed at the giant owl and the bald eagle, what a mighty God He is. As I listened to the role these mighty birds play in the life cycle of even the smallest birds, I also saw a God who has designed this world to reflect not only His majesty and might, but also the perfection of His nature. He created this life cycle so that each bird’s needs would be met. If God plans for every need of the birds of the earth, how much more will He take care of our every need?
In our Scripture today, Isaiah is reminding the Israelites about the Exodus and how God cared for them. Then he tells them that even though they are being exiled once again (by the Babylonians), God would provide for them just as he provides for the wild animals.
Do you need to be reminded today that God will provide for your needs? This verse is for you.
That day as I left the birds of prey show, I thought of the last lines of this verse. Why would God do all of this for me? Then I was reminded of the purpose of all of creation, which includes you and me. He does this so we will proclaim his praises.
So if God has provided for your needs, tell someone. Sing God’s praises! It just may be the thing someone else needs to hear so they might be strengthened in their own faith–or maybe even be drawn into a saving relationship with Him.
Thank you, God, for His providing streams in the deserts of my life. Thank you for the many ways you provide for me, give me an opportunity today to sing your praises.
About the author: Cheri is the author of 365 Devotions for Peace. Check out her other books at www.CheriCowell.com.
Join the conversation: Have you gotten a glimpse of God from the nature around you? Please share!