Read 2 Samuel 3:6 through 5:16; Luke 12:1–21

Each year the Hake family enjoyed the birds that feasted at feeders in their yard. Pigeons, doves, black- birds, finches, chickadees, grosbeaks, juncos, and sparrows all visit the feeders.

One year an unwelcome guest—a sparrow hawk— appeared and began swooping down upon unsuspecting birds. He would grab one with his talons and carry it up to a fir tree to devour. Once the sparrow hawk killed a pigeon as big as he was.

The family wanted to discourage the predator and save the remaining sparrows. A bird expert advised them to quit feeding the birds for two weeks. Then the birds would seek food elsewhere, and the raptor would too. This solution worked, and the family soon resumed feeding the birds.

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. . . . you are worth more than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6–7).

God cares for sparrows and for all His creation, especially those created in His image. Never fear—God will provide all you need. Trust Him.

Prayer Suggestion:

God, thank You for meeting my needs.

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