Luke 12:7-8

Are not five sparrows sold for two cents?
 And yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Luke 12:7-8
It wasn’t my first time to fly. But this time was different. For this trip I boarded a single engine plane for a 1,200-mile journey. The flight from Kansas City to Arizona was perfect and gliding close to earth brought me much more excitement than flying a commercial airplane. Before we approached our destination we flew over a heavily forested mountain and as I peered out the small window a thought appeared in my mind. ‘Oh my, God knows every tree on this mountain’ and then, ‘God knows each and every needle on every pine tree on this mountain’. And then, ‘God knows all the pine trees in the world and every needle on all of them’. I sat in awe of this revelation of God’s ‘knowingness’ for the remainder of the trip.
 
Explaining to the disciples why they need not fear, Jesus used another illustration from nature, this one about the sparrows. He told them to notice the sparrows, bought and sold for less than a penny, and that even insignificant birds were not lost on God. He continued by stating that the number of the hairs on our heads are also known by God at all times. He reminded the disciples that God would indeed take care of them, even more than the sparrows. Perhaps Jesus was preparing His friends for His own death as Jesus knew they would experience fear, panic and anxiety in the near future. He warns them to only fear God. He misplaces nothing and loses no one.
 
There are many illustrations of God’s all-knowing character. Theologians refer to this attribute as omniscience. It speaks to that fact that God has perfect knowledge of all things. From knowing how long we’ll walk this earth, to precisely how many tomatoes will grow in gardens this summer, God knows. He is unsurprised by major world events but is also aware of the length of the grass in our yards. He has nothing to learn and He never losses a detail. God even knows everything that might happen but doesn’t.
 
How good it is to think about God’s omniscience. We need not fear, when nothing surprises our God. He is always near, always aware and never grows weary. He knows the needles on every pine tree, counts the grains of sand on the beach and the hairs on our head. Jesus tells us that God never forgets the sparrows, and certainly He will not forget us. And the Bible tells us that not only is He omniscient, He is also loving and good. We need not fear. We can trust our omniscient God.
Linda Miller | Ministry Development

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