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The Tiny Sparrow

On Wings Like an Eagle

Devotional#6: 5 February 2017
"God values His Heirs!"

While they may seem small and insignificant, Sparrows are an excellent reminder to us of God's perfect ability to be constantly aware of and concerned for His entire creation.

"Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?"

- Matthew 6:26

His Inconceivable Concern

Most of us are quick to assume that our "issues" are too tiny to concern anyone other than maybe our immediate family, not to mention our Almighty God. As a result of our self-devaluing worldview and our overly-anxious obsession with our own problems, we spend a surprising amount of time and energy worrying about how WE are going to DIY away our own worries. God uses the diminutive size of the sparrow to contrast with His inconceivable concern for His adopted heirs ( Romans 8:16-17 ) and to reassure us of His Own gracious valuation of us.

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."

- Matthew 10:31

Bought For A Price

Clearly, the Bible asserts that even Sparrows have value. It follows that, we, who are created in God's own image ( Genesis 1:27 ), are of even greater to our Creator. We are so valuable to Him, in fact, that He has the exact number of hairs on our heads numbered, He has written our days in His book before we have seen any of them ( Psalm 139 ), and He sent His Son to redeem our debt - buying us at a huge price ( 1 Cor 6-20 ).

The Psalmist uses similar logic (that God's heirs are profoundly valuable to Him) as he proclaims the adoration and awe that we ALL should have for our great God. Try to imagine, if you can, the grandeur of the Kingdom that He is preparing ( John 14:1-3 ).

"How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young, at your altars,
O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever singing your praise."

- Psalm 84:1-4
His High Value

Next time you see a Sparrow - we encourage you to recognize the high value that God places on His adopted children. With that thought in mind, we hope you will place your confidence in God's sovereign design and give Him the appropriate Praise.

Paul said it well:

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

- Phil 4:4-7

May each Sparrow you see rekindle your appreciation for God's high value of His Children and help you to rely on Him as you face with thanksgiving life's seemingly challenging situations.

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