If five Sparrows are sold for two pennies, what are you worth? In history, sparrows were mentioned among the offerings made by the very poor. They were of very little value and thus the cheapest of all birds offered for sale. They were so common that two were sold for a penny and five for two pennies. These birds are still very numerous, troublesome, and cheap in Jerusalem, Luke 12:6, and flit in great numbers around the mosque of Omar, on the site of the ancient temple, within the precincts of which they built their favored nest of old, Psalm 84:3.*
A sparrow is of course of comparatively little value; and it is therefore a striking exemplification of God’s providence to say that he watches even over the sparrow’s fall, Matthew 10:29. To illustrate the Father’s care for his children, Jesus referred to the Sparrows saying, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are numbered. don’t be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows… therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life. What you will eat, about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and body more than clothes.’’ (Luke 12; 6-7; 22-23)
In his commentary on the sparrows, Matthew Henry noted : “Though they are of such small account that five of them are sold for two pennies, yet not one of them is forgotten of God, but is provided for, and notice is taken of its death (emphasis mine). Now, you are of more value than many sparrows, and therefore you may be sure you are not forgotten, though imprisoned, though banished, though forgotten by your friends; much more precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of saints than the death of sparrows’’ In other words, if cheap and common sparrows can be so cared for by God, then you are more valuable to Him as the chief of His creation. Therefore, your worth cannot be estimated by money!
God is aware of what happens even to sparrows, and He keeps proper records of them. How much more valuable are you who is made in His image and likeness. Since God placed such great value on you, you need not fear personal threats or difficult trials. These can’t shake God’s love or dislodge His Spirit from within you. But it doesn’t mean that God will take away all your troubles (Luke 10:6). But in the midst of these calamities, God will sustain you because you acknowledge him and rely absolutely on His care.
The real test of value is how well something holds up under the wear, tear and stress of everyday life. Those who stand up for Christ in their troubles truly have lasting value and will receive great rewards. Our true value is God’s estimate of our worth not our peers’. Other people evaluate and categorize us according to how we perform, what we achieve and how we look. But God cares for us, as he does for all his creation, because we belong to him. So, we can face life without fear! The psalmist admonishes us to, “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.’’ Psalm 37:7.
The things that man worry about are not unconnected with the basic necessities of life, which includes food, clothing and shelter. Suffice to say therefore, that every activity of man are aimed at achieving satisfaction in all these details of life. Therefore, it is very easy to be plunged into worry when we lack one or all of these necessities. God, knowing our capacity to fear because we cannot see beyond our noses, admonishes us saying, “Do not be worried.” We should never afflict ourselves with disquieting perplexing cares about the necessary supports of life. Worry is sinful, and destructive too! When we worry, we cast doubts on God’s goodness and omnipotense.
The fear of what to eat, what to wear and where to live has always being a seemingly insurmountable mountain in the life of man. And often times, this fear tends to blindfold him to the graciousness and benevolence of God and this consequently restrain him from given God a sincere worship. Oftentimes, he shuts God out of his life activities, and desperately pursues riches and wealth with all his ability, seeking satisfaction in the things which has no eternal value. “Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap; they have no storehouse or barn, yet God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than the birds!…” Luke 12:24.
“Oh what a piece we often forfeit, oh what needless pains we bear. All because we do not carry everything to God in Prayer.” – Charles C. Converse. God commands us not to worry. But how can we avoid worry? Only faith can free us from the anxiety caused by greed and covetousness. It is good to work and plan responsibility, but it is bad to dwell on all the ways our planning could go. Worry is needless because it can’t fill any of our needs; worry is foolish because the creator of the universe loves us and knows what we need.
God promised to meet all our real needs but not necessarily our desires’’ Apostle paul understood this truth very well and so he said, “And this same God who take care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:9). So, do not worry! God cares so much for you. Pull out of the stronghold of fear and worry, and rest on the All-sufficient God! You’re winning! Yes, we are winning!