Luke 12:6-7 (ESV)
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Have you ever had a conversation with someone where you are left wondering, “Did they ask me or did they tell me?” Was it a command or was it a request? What is Jesus doing in this passage? Is He commanding us to “Fear not“, or is He suggesting to us that we need not fear? I do not believe Jesus is suggesting to us there is a possibility that the sparrows go unnoticed before God, nor is Jesus suggesting God roughly knows how many hairs are upon your head. Jesus is decisive in what He says, “Not one of them (sparrows) is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered.” Therefore, I believe He remains decisive in what follows, “Fear not.” Sometimes we need more than a suggestion; we need a firm but loving instruction, “Fear not!” Our heart and soul need that reassurance, especially now! We need to remind ourselves, “Fear not,” when we watch the news or when we walk through the grocery aisle or when we look at the bank balance. We are precious before our Father in Heaven. He knows us, loves us, and encourages us, “Fear not!”
Father, You know the number of hairs on my head. You know my thoughts, my delights, my fears. You know all there is to know about me, and still You chose me. For this I praise Your name! Open my ears to hear Your words, “Fear not.” Strengthen my soul within me. May I move from fear to faith and from anxiety to hope. May I know the love that knows me so well. This I pray in Your name Jesus. Amen.