“Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31).
A little bird kept coming to my window and pecking at its image in the glass. We tried to help it, but it would fly away. It thought that its image was an enemy and was defending its territory. Until one day we found the little sparrow dead on the ground below the window. How often does God try to save us fromourselves!
Jesus said that He cared even for the little birds. The Greek word for bird is strouthíon, and its diminutive form is stróuthos, translated as sparrow. Sparrows are small birds, of very little value, and they were sold as food for the poorer folk. Two sparrows were worth a copper coin, the coin of least value during the Roman Empire (see SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 3, p. 378). If such a little bird was not forgotten by God, if the Lord did not overlook its wounds nor its death, how much more value and esteem does God have for you and me! How much more pain do our wounds cause Him, whether they are self-inflicted or inflicted by others!
Jesus evoked this tender image of divine care toward birds during a sermon about our mission to witness. My husband loves birds; he has bird feeders in every tree, a birdbath on the patio, and a special feeder for hummingbirds. In the spring, hundreds of birds visit us. My husband says that he is “one of God’s helpers.”
Another image of God’s tender care for us is that “the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:30). We were raised in a culture of worry, but not even people with little hair worry about counting how many hairs they have left. We worry about the gray hairs, about our hairstyle, haircut, and any loss of hair, but we don’t count the hairs. Yet God does. What more do you need to understand that God takes care of you?
“God is bending from His throne to hear the cry of the oppressed. To every sincere prayer He answers, “Here am I.” He uplifts the distressed and downtrodden. In all our afflictions He is afflicted. In every temptation and every trial the angel of His presence is near to deliver. Not even a sparrow falls to the ground without the Father’s notice. Satan’s hatred against God leads him to hate every object of the Saviour’s care. He seeks to mar the handiwork of God, and he delights in destroying even the dumb creatures. It is only through God’s protecting care that the birds are preserved to gladden us with their songs of joy. But He does not forget even the sparrows.”—The Desire of Ages, ch. 37, p. 329.
Go on out to share His love and His soon coming, trusting the promise chat He cares for you!