“Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.” (Psalm 81:10b ESV)
I thought of baby birds when I read that.
However, the Psalm goes on: “But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels. Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways.” (Psalm 81:11-13 ESV)
Imagine if some enemy persuaded a baby bird that its mother was mean to only give it worms to eat when there was fudge available.
“But Mom said only to eat what she gives me. other stuff is bad for me.”
“It is not bad for you. Look, I’ll eat some. See. I’m fine. In fact I have so much energy, I think I can fly,” says the enemy.
So the hatchling eats the fudge and it is true, she has more energy. When her mother comes, she doesn’t open her mouth. She is full. She thinks she is big now. She can make her own decisions. Gradually she becomes deaf to her mother’s voice and doesn’t react. Her mother thinks she is dead and throws her out of the nest. Fortunately the baby bird lands in a soft clump of gorse and doesn’t die but injures her wing. She thinks she is happy, however, because she lands near the packet of fudge. She will be all right, she reasons. So she gets fat and heavy and doesn’t even know that she was created to fly. She also doesn’t know the danger she is in as a grounded bird in a place where predators abound.
Does this story ring any bells? It is the story of the fall. How Man chose to be his own god, rather than submit to the Only True God. Our human nature is deaf to the voice of God and everyone does what is right in his own eyes. Yet God longs for us to return to Him, so that He can save us from the danger we are in.
Father God, please teach me to recognise Your voice and to obey as you train me in Your ways. Forgive me for my stubborn heart which convinces me that my way is the right way. Amen.