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I have a problem writing about the Christian God. Oh, the problem does not lie with Him, or even with me. It lies within the English language. Its thesaurus is inadequate. There are not enough adjectives to describe Him, and the ones we possess are insufficient. Please allow me to give you an example. Finish this sentence: God’s creation of living things upon the earth is ________ .

Which adjective did you choose? Amazing? Great word, but we have chosen a word often used to describe a host of human activities. So, to use that same word to describe God’s work of creating all living things, our effort has fallen woefully short.

Under that linguistic handicap, I would like to address in this article birds’ nests. It is an exceedingly small part of God’s creation. Minuscule. So, let me ask you another question. What word should we use to describe birds’ nests? Before I gave much thought to this subject, I would have responded, “Birds’ nests. Yeah. Pretty good. Okay.”

But let’s take a necessarily superficial look at God’s creative ability in birds’ nests. I don’t possess an abundance of knowledge about this, and even if I did I wouldn’t be able to address it here. Nevertheless, let’s begin with a look at the brain of the engineer of the nest. The robin’s brain, I think we could agree, is not exceptionally large, but we are not talking about brain power here. After all, an ant has a brain of only 250,000 cells—more like a collection of ganglia—and yet the leaf-cutter ant cuts grass, chews it up, lets it rot, then feeds it to algae which the ant eats. This is not brain power. This is God’s programming.

So, despite its relatively small brain power, a robin, for example, “knows” how to build a nest. First of all, it must find a secure place where to put it. How does the robin know what secure is? The nest cannot cave in the edges or the middle. Somehow, the robin “knows” the weight-bearing capacity that will hold not only it, the eggs, but also the unknown and increasing weights of growing chicks.

A robin’s nest is round. How does a robin know what round is?

A robins’ nest is woven with twigs and grass and mud. How does a robin know how to weave?

The Lord God Almighty has given great care for this tiny aspect of His creation. It is obvious that an ill-made nest would result in the deaths of robin chicks, so He has given birds the abilities to build strong and safe temporary habitations. In His care for them, we also see God’s care for us. So, let us ask this question: “If He cares this much for birds, how much more does He care for us?”

 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows (Matthew 10:28–31).1

However, God’s great love for us is most prominently known and displayed in Jesus’ sacrificial death for us.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6–8).

We have a home awaiting us in heaven created for us by the very same God who cares for relatively insignificant birds. Jesus promised such a dwelling, surely more magnificent than the homes in which we now abide.

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also (John 14:1–3).

We are not given much information about this heavenly home in which we will live for eternity. We should note that the Lord did not provide the Israelites much information about the land He promised them, either. There would be milk. Honey. And the spies brought back grapes.  Nevertheless, He expected His people to trust Him and that He and His promise were good.

Thank You, Lord God our Father. Thank You, Jesus. You have given us life—abundant life here and life forever in a home You have provided for us in Your heavenly kingdom.

 

1All Scripture references are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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