Bible Verses about Birds

  • Genesis 1:20 CSB
    Then God said, “Let the water swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.”
  • Job 38:41 CSB
    Who provides the raven’s food
    when its young cry out to God
    and wander about for lack of food?
  • Job 39:27-29 CSB
    Does the eagle soar at your command
    and make its nest on high?
    28 It lives on a cliff where it spends the night;
    its stronghold is on a rocky crag.
    29 From there it searches for prey;
    its eyes penetrate the distance.
  • Psalm 50:11 CSB
    I know every bird of the mountains,
    and the creatures of the field are mine.
  • Psalm 84:1-3 CSB

    How lovely is your dwelling place,
    Lord of Armies.
    I long and yearn
    for the courts of the Lord;
    my heart and flesh cry out for[a] the living God.

    Even a sparrow finds a home,
    and a swallow, a nest for herself
    where she places her young—
    near your altars, Lord of Armies,
    my King and my God.

  • Psalm 91:1-4 CSB

    The one who lives under the protection of the Most High
    dwells in the shadow of the Almighty.

    I will say concerning the Lord, who is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God in whom I trust:
    He himself will rescue you from the bird trap,
    from the destructive plague.
    He will cover you with his feathers;
    you will take refuge under his wings.
    His faithfulness will be a protective shield.

  • Psalm 104:12 CSB
    The birds of the sky live beside the springs;
    they make their voices heard among the foliage.
  • Proverbs 27:8 CSB
    Anyone wandering from his home
    is like a bird wandering from its nest.
  • Song of Songs 2:12 CSB
    The blossoms appear in the countryside.
    The time of singing[h] has come,
    and the turtledove’s cooing is heard in our land.
  • Isaiah 31:5 CSB
    Like hovering birds,
    so the Lord of Armies will protect Jerusalem—
    by protecting it, he will rescue it,
    by sparing it, he will deliver it.
  • Isaiah 40:31 CSB
    but those who trust in the Lord
    will renew their strength;
    they will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not become weary,
    they will walk and not faint.
  • Matthew 6:25-30 CSB
    “Therefore I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? 27 Can any of you add one moment to his life span[a] by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Observe how the wildflowers of the field grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these. 30 If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t he do much more for you—you of little faith?
  • Matthew 10:16 CSB
    “Look, I’m sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as serpents and as innocent as doves.
  • Matthew 10:29 CSB
    Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s consent.
  • Matthew 13:32 CSB
    It’s the smallest of all the seeds, but when grown, it’s taller than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and nest in its branches.”
  • Matthew 23:37 CSB
    “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her. How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks[a] under her wings, but you were not willing!
  • Luke 12:24 CSB
     Consider the ravens: They don’t sow or reap; they don’t have a storeroom or a barn; yet God feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than the birds?

How a Smelly Fish Can Rescue Us

What wisdom is this?

My children hopped into the minivan and answered the weekly question.

“What’d you learn in church today?”  They know I’ll ask; talking about church lessons is what we do every Sunday afternoon.

So my daughter tells me the basics: Jonah and the big fish.

Her sister fills in the peripherals about eating crackers shaped like fish and other sea creatures for snack and we praise their teachers’ creativity.  Then she holds up storyboard cutouts she made with construction paper and markers.

Here’s Jonah (he looks remarkably like a Veggie Tales character).  Here’s the fish.  Here’s the ship.  Here’s the island. 

She holds them up for display and, in my mom-way, I praise her work and notice the details.

They finish off the story together about hearing God, about disobedience, about forgiveness, about God’s grace.

Mostly, it’s normal Sunday fare, the retelling of a story they’ve heard, read and seen a hundred times at least.

Yet, my eight-year-old stops me there breathless as we sit in the idling minivan while Dad drives us home from the church building.jonah2

“Mom,” she says, “what if the whale was God’s way of rescuing Jonah?”

What if it was part of God’s plan, a salvation mission, a blessing, a large, smelly, hulking mass of grace out there in the middle of the sea on a stormy night?

I’ve heard grown men and women finally come to that conclusion about Jonah, but this child of mine thinks it through slowly.

Because he was out in the middle of nowhere.  And sure the fish was smelly and he could have been digested, but he’d never be able to swim on his own to land.  He would have drowned.

God sent a fish to save Jonah’s life.

That’s what she concludes.

Not just his physical heart-beating, breath-filled, flesh and blood life either.

That fish gave Jonah the time, the opportunity, and the reason to repent and declare:  “Salvation comes from the Lord” (Jonah 2:9 NIV).

Yes, it says it right there in the Bible that I open later as I sit at my kitchen table and ponder this child’s wisdom:

Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights (Jonah 1:17 NIV).

The Lord provided that fish, just as much as manna in the wilderness for a wayward nation, and a ram in the brush for Abraham to sacrifice, and loaves and fish to feed a hungry crowd of more than 5,000.

Miraculous provision and mysterious grace–that’s what that fish was.

Sometimes the grace we encounter is just such a mystery, salvation disguised as circumstances that reek with stench and leave us sitting in the darkness day after solitary day, maybe even as circumstances that seem to vomit us out onto the shore.

Jonah saw the provision of the whale as the unmistakable evidence of God at work.

We don’t always see.  We might not know the end result, the reason, the whys and wherefores of this and that.

Perhaps, like Jonah, God disciplines and redirects us.  Perhaps, He simply redeems the evil and downright difficult circumstances of a fallen world, protecting us and delivering us in the end.

Perhaps we won’t know all the ways He’s at work in our lives.

Why didn’t we get that job or promotion? 

Why not this relationship?

Why this illness?

Why was I stuck in this traffic jam and late for the appointment?

Why this brokenness?

Can we always see the reason for the big fish?  No, not always.  Yet, we trust that it’s there, a purpose or plan, and we’re just too finite-minded and near-sighted to see it.

We can stop beating the sides of the beast in hopes we’ll be released right out into the middle of the sea….and instead start praising God from the belly of that whale, thanking Him that even when we don’t see the reason or the destination, He’s in control and He’ll take us safely to the shore.

That’s what an eight-year-old teaches me on a Sunday afternoon drive home from church.

What wisdom is this?

Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer and worship leader.  Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness.  Her upcoming book, Ask Me Anything, Lord: Opening Our Hearts to God’s Questions, is available now!  To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.

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