Devotion and Prayer for Week of October 28, 2012


Meditation for the Week of October 28, 2012

 

“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. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

                                                                                          Matthew 10: 29-31

Recently, my daughter sent me an email concerning two puppies that showed up at the front door of a friend ours who happens to be a veterinarian.  Apparently, the puppies had been “dumped” and somehow managed to find their home.  She wrote,

 

         “For some reason, this actually struck me as beautiful.  God guided those dogs to the front door of a veterinarian.  He took care of even two abandoned puppies.
This made me think about our dogs too.  God kept Bingley, Darcy and Athena
(our dogs) all safe, and brought them to homes where they are dearly loved and provided for. (I think he also knew we needed them)
Which brought me to my next thought; if God watches out for those dogs, and brings them to loving homes, why do I think he’s not looking out for me?  The obvious answer is, of course he’s looking out for me.  I just need to be reminded that even though I feel lost, doesn’t mean God doesn’t know where I am.
                        He really does know the sparrow that falls to the ground, doesn’t He?”

 

To be honest, I could not have said that better myself because she exactly nailed the point Jesus is trying to make in the above passage from Matthew’s gospel.  He wants us to know of his absolute care for us and that there is never a time when his care ceases.

We call what Jesus does here an argument from the “lesser to the greater.”  In this case, he chooses a sparrow as the “lesser”; a small, abundant and relatively insignificant bird.  They are, to use a more modern phrase, “a dime a dozen.”  And yet, not one sparrow in all creation falls to the ground without God taking note.   So great is his care and concern over his creation that nothing happens to even the unimportant creatures without his knowledge.

So, what does this mean for us?  Are we, as those created in the image of God and redeemed by the blood of Jesus, more important than a sparrow?  Jesus himself gives the answer, “So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” As egocentric as this may sound, human beings are the pinnacles of God’s creation.  The point Jesus makes is that if God cares so much for even the life of a sparrow, how much more does he care for we who are the absolute objects of his love? The answer is obvious; of course he cares more for us.

At times, especially when we face some difficulties in life, we can feel that God is not watching over us or caring for us.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  There is never a time when he does not take note of what is going in our lives.  And if you think that there are times when God is not there, consider your worth to him in light of the cross.  You and I are so valuable to him, that he willingly died so that we might live.  There is nothing more incredible than that and there could be no greater proof of his love and commitment to each of us.

So, if at times you feel lost or abandoned by God, I would urge you to run to Matthew 10: 29-31 and take to heart the words of Jesus.  And, remember, if God cares so much for a sparrow (or a couple of stray puppies!) how much more will he care for you?

Our Weekly Prayer 

Gracious and merciful Father, through your holy Word we see how you care for all people and how your love and mercy extend to everyone.  Forgive us when we doubt your care.  Remind us daily that if not even a sparrow falls to the ground without your knowledge, how much more you pay attention to our lives and us.  Help us to see that there is never a time when you are not watching over us and comfort us with the knowledge that because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we are truly the objects of your love.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.