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Written by Prabhudas Koshy   
Sunday, 19 February 2017

Jeremiah 8:7
Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.

The “stork” is like the crane, but larger in size. They are large birds with long legs, toes webbed at the base, and a strong, straight, pointed bill longer than the head. Two species of the storks are found in Israel. The first species is white in colour, and they are found in pairs over the whole country. The other is black in colour, which live in marshy places and in large flocks. They migrate to Israel periodically – every year during a particular month. Psalm 104:17 refers to their nest-making habits – “Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

Jeremiah alludes to these migratory habits of the stork. He also mentions the migratory habits of other birds, such as the crane and swallow. At the appointed time, they return. They normally return at the same time every year to make their nests. They return and re-occupy their old nests. Even migratory birds observe the time of their migration, but the LORD says that His people ignored the time when they were expected to return to their God. The people manifested even less wisdom than a bird!

The migratory birds sense God’s timing by noticing the change in climate. How about you, children? Do you observe the Lord’s clear indications to you and return to Him? When the evening comes, do you get back home to pray and eat with the family? When the designated time arrives, do you return to do your homework? Do you keep the appointed times of worship and fellowship? Remember, you are expected to behave better than birds. So, children, be obedient to the Lord! Return to your God-given responsibilities and duties, lest the Lord condemns you.