More Than Many Sparrows

It's a pretty good bet that you're worried about something or you're going to be!  All of us worry about something during the day, some of the things we worry about are really big concerns like our health, our finances, our relationships and other things are minor.  Worry seems natural, after all people have been worrying about things throughout history.  During the English Civil War before the battle of Edge Hill on the morning October 23rd 1642, General Sir Jacob Astley prayed the following: 

"O Lord! Thou knowest how busy I must be this day. If I forget thee, do not thou forget me."   

Before the battle, Sir Jacob remembered to pray that he might forget God and asked God to remember him even if he did not remember God. So true! How often we get so busy being busy or worrying that we forget God.  Even Jesus' disciples had to be given reassurance by Jesus just before he sent them out to preach the Gospel. 

Matthew 10:29-31 "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.    

Jesus was telling His disciples and all who believe in Him that He loves us and values us more than anything.  The Roman "penny" was the smallest denomination coin of that day. With it you could buy two sparrows which were just as common and just of lowly stature as today.  Yet Jesus tells us that not one of these birds can fall without God knowing about it.  Jesus futher illustrates that he knows everything about us.....even the number of hairs on each of our heads! You can bet that if Jesus notices and cares about trivial things like the number of hairs we have, He is also concerned much more about our daily needs both spiritual amd physical.   

God values us and cares for us more than we can fathom, in Matthew 6:28-30 Jesus illustrated the point further. 

"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 

Jesus was telling His disciples then and us today that we are of infinite worth to Him.  So the next time we are anxious or afraid may we all remember that we are of infinite worth to God.

Matt Schneider

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