An excerpt from William MacDonald’s devotional One Day at a Time
The Bible is fairly full of tokens of God’s marvelous care for His people. During Israel’s forty-year trek through the wilderness, they ate food from heaven (Exodus:16:4), had an unfailing supply of water (1 Corinthians:10:4), and were equipped with shoes that never wore out (Deuteronomy:29:5).
It is the same in our wilderness journey. To prove this, our Lord reminds us how His care for us is so much greater than His care for birds, flowers, and animals. He speaks of sparrows, for instance. He provides their food (Matthew:6:26). Not one of them is forgotten before God (Luke:12:6). Not one falls to the ground without Him (Matthew:10:29), or, as H. A. Ironside said, “God attends the funeral of every sparrow.” The moral of the story, of course, is that we are of more value to Him than many sparrows (Matthew:10:31).
If He clothes the lilies of the field more beautifully than Solomon was ever attired, He will much more clothe us (Matthew:6:30). If He makes provision for the care of oxen, how much more will He care for our needs (1 Corinthians:9:9)!
As our High Priest, the Lord Jesus bears our names on His shoulders—the place of power (Exodus:28:9-12) and on His breast—the place of affection (Exodus:28:15-21). Also our names are engraved in the palms of His hands (Isaiah:49:16), a fact that inevitably reminds us of the nail wounds He sustained for us at Calvary.
He knows the exact number of the hairs of our head (Matthew:10:30). He numbers our tossings at night and keeps count of our tears in His book (Psalm:56:8).
Whoever touches us, touches the apple of His eye (Zechariah:2:8). No weapon formed against us can prosper (Isaiah:54:17).
Whereas the heathen carry their gods on their shoulders (Isaiah:46:7), our God carries His people (Isaiah:46:4).
When we go through the waters, the rivers, or the fire, He is with us (Isaiah:43:2). In all our afflictions, He is afflicted (Isaiah:63:9).
The One who guards us neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm:121:3-4). Someone has called this characteristic of God “the divine insomnia.”
The Good Shepherd who gave His life for us will not withhold any good from us (John:10:11; Psalm:84:11; Romans:8:32).
He cares for us from the beginning of the year to the end (Deuteronomy:11:12). He bears us even to old age (Isaiah:46:4). In fact He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews:13:5). God really cares!
How The Lord Cares For His Sparrows…
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:12:6-7
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. —Matthew:10:30-32
My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. — Psalm:84:2-4