In Our Struggles, How Much Does God Care?

2670919541_28ec98cbae_mOn my walk one morning recently I came upon a dead sparrow at the edge of the sidewalk. I knew that none of its relatives would come forward to mourn this sparrow’s death and no kind hand would provide the honor of a decent burial for it. How much value then does it have?

I have since recalled Jesus’ words about the value of sparrows. “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” (Matthew 10:29).

A penny in Jesus’ times set a sparrow’s value at next to nothing. Yet Jesus said that no sparrow’s death was beyond the knowledge and care of the Father who rules the universe.

His point was to declare with a picture that even the most common and insignificant things in our world are within God’s purview and care. He is all-knowing and everywhere-present, and he is engaged.

For Jesus to  make his point even more compelling he added, “And even the hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matthew 10:30)  What feature of our lives could be less consequential? Yet this daring word further underlines vividly our Lord’s assurance of God’s care even over our life’s slightest detail.

It is called Providence, which means “God governs and guides in all the affairs of his universe.” He is not only sovereign over all; he is actively engaged in all. Thus his assurance to those who believe and submit to his will:  “Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31).

Jesus’ words are bracing when grasped in faith. Our God is not an absentee landlord who has set the world in place but leaves it to run by itself. The world is not ruled by Chance, nor governed by the Fates. He takes note of its every detail, though we don’t always understand his ways.

Yet, for some sincere believers who aren’t always sure of  God’s care, can we further outline the path of faith?

Remember that God is the “maker and sustainer of all things”. The Psalmist affirms: “He sets the earth on its foundations; / it can never be moved” (Psalm 104:5). And “The lions roar for their prey/ and seek their food from God” (Psalm 104:21).

Still more, remember Calvary. Our Lord’s physical suffering was brutal. Even beyond this, however, was the suffering of being separated from the Father as he bore the sins of the world. He cried out: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1). Bystanders could be excused for thinking God did not care.

But, the Father did not forsake him. In due time he resurrected him from death, bringing him forth from the grave triumphant (Acts 2:25-28). And God’s care is just as certainly there for us, whatever troubles afflict us–even unto death!

Jesus assures us that God our Father sees every sparrow that falls.  “So don’t be afraid;” he says to the beleaguered, “you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31).

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4 thoughts on “In Our Struggles, How Much Does God Care?

  1. Yes, we are much more value than two sparrows. So much more, that our Lord provides the best for us daily as we ‘fly’ with and for Him.

  2. One Sunday, as I was reading the Bible while in university, these words jumped out at me from God’s word.

    Jeremiah 31:3
    The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.

    In the spiritual wasteland of secular university, these words provided tangible evidence of God’s care and came at a particularly stressful time.

  3. Nice to see this photo of a male house sparrow ( passer domesticus).So you get them in Canada too! I heard the species originated in the Middle East.They certainly get a good mention in the Bible.And as always,your blog Pastor ,inspires me to pick up my Bible.

    Matthew remembers Jesus saying two sparrows are sold for a penny.It has come down to Luke as 5 sparrows for a penny.I think these little discrepancies between the Gospels just show these were real events and real words spoken by Jesus. And real memories of hearing Jesus.I think the import of Jesus’s words stuck in the hearers minds and hearts and were passed down orally before being written down.,maybe.

    Here,house sparrows used to be our most common garden bird ,but for some reason their numbers started dropping a few decades ago.Everyone notices it.I loved to hear their warm friendly chirrup.In the Thankyou section of my prayers I always thank God for the 4 elements ,for the people in my life ,for the beauty of nature and always for the birds , whose varied voices give us internal joy and whose varied flight paths lift our spirits as we follow them with our eyes.

    I love the Lord.For so many reasons.And one reason is that He even loves and focusses on, knows intimately each of His sparrows. Just as He knows each of us intimately,down to each hair of our heads.No one loves and cares for us more. Through Jesus’s words,recorded in the Bible God gives us His assurance.We are in His Hands ,safe !

    Maybe each of us has moments when this seems too good to be true.Even Jesus seemed, in His agony on the Cross, just for a spilit second, to feel insecure.He called out to His Father ‘Why hast thou forsaken me’ .Jesus was fully human.Is it possible He doubted.I don’t think so !

    I don’t think He ever doubted.Jesus was a brilliant Bible scholar who knew the Old Testament,possibly even by heart.I think He was just recalling the words of Psalm 21,revealing them to be like a prophecy of this 9th and darkest hour that was come.I think Jesus,fully human ,felt the full pain and the full fear ,but yet never ever doubted.

    Every time we’re lucky enough to see a sparrow,we can remember how safe we are in God’s care.And Jesus shows us the way ,by His example ,to put our perfect ,unconditional trust in the Father.

    Pastor,I like how everything in life leads you to recall Jesus’s words and God’s assurances,from an air terminal to the body of a sparrow.I want to be more like that too.

  4. So beautiful love of God in really care over us daily in alot wisdom to be growing in the HOly Spirit in steadfast salvation in Jesus blood and be rely to his the word daily,thanks and bless,keijo sweden

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