“Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
– Luke 12:6-7
Jesus was now in the last few weeks of His earthly ministry and was preparing the disciples for what was to come. There would be persecution in this world. As Jesus was speaking with them about the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, He warned them not to allow that sin to permeate the ministry that had now been established. With the coming of Messiah, His death and resurrection, atonement would be made once for all, and the law would be fulfilled. With the warnings, though, the Lord also brought words of comfort.
Jesus cares so much for us that with warnings, He also brings words of peace and comfort. God knows His creation and not one sparrow falls to the ground without Him knowing it. Even some of the most worthless things in the eyes of the world catch the attention of our Maker. In-fact, our heavenly Father keeps the most interesting statistics on each of us for the Bible tells us, “the very hairs on your head are all numbered” (Luke 12:7). We are of more value to God than many sparrows, and our Lord considers us more than we think. The value He places on us is measured by the blood He spilled for us.
As a Christian, we will have trials and persecution. These are staples and promises of the walk of the saints. When you fear man, you will always live in fear. You will live in fear of what others think about you. You will live in fear of what others may take from you. You will live in fear of losing your possessions. You will live in fear of death. But, when you fear God, you do not fear anything at all! As the Psalmist says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Are you living in fear today? Live in reverence to the Lord and walk in perfect peace!
“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
– Psalm 118:6