Who Really Counts?
"Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows." (Matthew 10:29-31)
God cares about big things. After all, He made the universe and the sun and the planets! He cares about the important things; not little things like haircuts and ballgames and birthday parties. Right?
But wait – the Bible says God sees little birds falling to the ground. How many birds do you think have been hatched since time began? God had His eye on every single one of them. Not just the eagles and the owls and the pelicans, but the sparrows – plain little birds of no great importance.
If you have a close friend, you might think you know your friend pretty well. Maybe you know what he wants for Christmas, or his favorite food. But no matter how well you know your friend, you know more about yourself. So, how many hairs do you have? You don't know, do you? Besides, it changes from day to day! You wash your hair, brush it, fix it – and maybe you even twist it or pull it when you're thinking hard about something. It really is impossible for you to know the exact number of hairs you have on your own head.
God knows. If He wanted to, He could tell you the exact count of your hairs. And if God knows that tiny little detail about you, you can be sure He knows the rest of the "little" things that are of big importance to you – your family problems, your best friend's moving away, your pet dying, your team's losing, your bad grades at school. Not only does He know – He cares. The Creator of the universe cares about you.
God has kept track of even the sparrows. Which one is more valuable – you or a bird? Which one did He die for? Whose prayers does He hear? "Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows." Take your problems, both big and small, to the One Who knows, the One Who cares, and the One Who can do something about it. God is that One.
God knows about and cares about even the smallest details of our lives.
» Is it easy for me to forget that God knows and cares about the "small" things that are a big deal to me?
» How can I show by my life that I believe in a God Who is aware of everything and able to do anything?
Truth In Real Life
“Lord, I long to be with Thee!”
William Williams, a famous Welsh evangelist with two “matching” names, was born on February 11, 1717.
The Welsh – people who live in the country of Wales – have long been known for being musical people. Crowds at sporting events have been known for breaking out into singing. It should be no surprise, then, that Williams has been called the “Isaac Watts of Wales.” Isaac Watts was a famous English hymn writer and William Williams has become the most famous Welsh hymn writer in history. Very few hymns were written in Wales before he began writing.
Williams was also a kind of “circuit-riding preacher” in Wales, only he sang the Gospel and taught others how to sing about it. Over a period of 43 years, he traveled nearly 100,000 miles on horseback. He traveled from church to church, and from home to home, sharing the Gospel with people who needed to hear it (which was all the people!). He wrote over 800 hymns during his lifetime. The most famous song that William Williams wrote is called “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah.” It has been translated into 75 languages! The second verse reads like this:
Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield;
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield.
William Williams believed that singing was as important as any other part of worship. He believed that music shows what is in the heart.
Do you have a song in your heart? Do you enjoy singing about how Jesus Christ has changed your life? Sing for Him!
Psalm 40:3 – He has put a new song in my mouth – praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD.