“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. FEAR NOT therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” ~ Luke 12:6-8
FEAR NOT: We are Worth More than Sparrows
Jesus’ reference to sparrows is interesting. Sparrows are very common birds and unlike majestic birds like eagles or exotic birds like parrots they are quite unremarkable; even their ‘songs’/vocalizations are comparatively boring. They are eaten by most birds of prey (owls eagles, etc.), and by many mammals (cats, squirrels, etc.) as well as by man. They carry a large number of parasites and diseases. And large numbers of sparrows occasionally die off as a result of related epidemics.
Yet, Jesus tells us that God ‘remembers’, keeps track of, each one. In Matthew 10:29, we are told that not even one of them falls to the ground without God’s knowledge and permission.
We should note, therefore, that God’s care for the sparrows does not prevent them from experiencing the normal struggles and challenges and difficulties of life: they are eaten, they have diseases, they lose their ‘loved ones’ (jays/magpies love to eat their eggs).
There are times in our lives that we feel as boring, unremarkable and just plain un-special as sparrows. And there are times when our lives feel overwhelmed by hardships/trials: sometimes it’s the loss of a loved one; sometimes it’s struggling with illness; sometimes it feels like life is about to eat us whole! In those down times, we often feel like God has forgotten us: it is easy to feel abandoned when we go through difficulties. But, clearly, that is not the case: God remembers sparrows despite their challenges and God remembers us when we are troubled too. Indeed, we are much, much more precious to God than any sparrow: we are special to Him, and He doesn’t find us boring!
FEAR NOT, God cares for us; FEAR NOT God will never forget us. He watches over the sparrows and He watches over us. Troubles will come, hardships are common to mankind (1 Corinthians 10:13), but God never stops loving us. If God remembers each sparrow, we can be sure He remembers each of us too: FEAR NOT!
This post is a part of a series on several of the “FEAR NOT” sayings in the Bible.