Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. (Luke 12:6-7)
When was the last time you considered just how much God cares for you—I mean, really contemplated and considered God’s cosmic care for you? Has it been a while? Well, I have a word of eternal encouragement for you today!
In the passage from which today’s verse is taken, Jesus is talking about how valuable you are to God and just how much He cares for you. When Jesus says, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God” (Luke 12:6), He is arguing from the lesser to the greater. If God cares for five sparrows that are sold for roughly a single hour’s pay, then how much more does God care for you—you who are made in the image of God? Then Jesus strengthens His message of “cosmic care” for you even further by revealing that the exact number of hairs on your head are known by God.
The problem for most of us is that we have a tendency to forget what God thinks about us and to focus more on what others think of us. Yet our true worth comes not from our peers and how they judge our performance; our true worth comes from God, because we are His and His care for us is cosmic—which is another way of saying that His care is beyond our comprehension. God cares for all of His creatures and that most certainly includes you, right now, right where this finds you. God’s care for you does not fluctuate based on your accomplishments, achievements, or accolades. His care for you is fixed from eternity past. He tells us,
I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3)
Christian, consider this biblical truth as you begin yet another day of life on this side of the grave: there has never been a time in your life—in fact, there has never been a time in all eternity—when God has not cared for you and loved you with His eternal love. You have eternally been the object of His Almighty affection. From everlasting to everlasting, you have been on His mind, in His heart, and part of His eternal plan. This should strengthen your resolve to rise above anything that has been trying to keep you down, knowing that the power of the One who is in you is greater than the power of the one who is in this world (1 John 4:4).
So the next time you are grooming yourself for the day ahead, consider what you are holding in your hand: a “holy hair brush,” because the Holy One knows who you are, what you need, and precisely how many hairs are left on your head after you just brushed. Now, that is care worth contemplating . . . don’t you agree?
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!