Today’s Scripture: Matthew 10:28-31
28 “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
When I was a kid, this passage of scripture really played in my head. I wondered how it was possible that God could know the number of hairs on my head when there were so many. I remember looking in the mirror and trying to count them myself. I got to maybe 25 before giving up. Those things are hard to count! I wondered if the count stayed the same after I went to the barber. And I even wondered about people with shaved heads. Does God count current hairs or potential hairs?
Of course, as a child I took the verse literally and focused on the fact that God actually knows the number of my hairs. That’s what kids do – they focus on the literal. But I don’t think Jesus told us this fact in order for us to be impressed with God’s counting ability. There is a larger issue here.
I think one of the biggest lies we face as humans is that no one really knows us, and no one really cares. It’s the lie of “aloneness” or the lie of “individualism”. Sometimes we build this lie into an ethos in which tell ourselves that we don’t need anyone else – we can do it ourselves – we are the captain of our own ship. But even that philosophy is built on the lie.
Jesus is calling out the lie. We are not alone – and someone does care. We are not alone – and someone sees us for who we are. Once we confront the lie, we can move on to the truth. And when we know the truth, we no longer need to be afraid. We no longer need to play the part of the rugged individual. We no longer need to feel alone.
God knows how many hairs are on your head. You are that valuable to him. God sees you and loves you and cares for you. There is no reason to be afraid.
God thank you for seeing us. Thank you for valuing us. Thank you caring about us. Help us this day to internalize the fact of your love and live our lives in the center of your attention and grace.
This Week’s Immerse Passages:
Week 6, Feb 8-14; Matthew
Day 26 pp. 311-324 Mat 1:1-7:28
Day 27 pp. 324-336 Mat 8:1-13:52
Day 28 pp. 337-345 Mat 13:53-18:35
Day 29 pp. 345-358 Mat 19:1-25:46
Day 30 pp. 358-366 Mat 26:1-28:20