Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:7
We now know that every hair on our head contains our unique DNA therefore they are, “numbered”. However, the real point that God is making here is that he doesn’t forget us. He doesn’t forget the sparrows so there is no possibility of him forgetting us. It’s not surprising though that when we look at the world we may feel forgotten. We can feel lost in a world of billions of people. We can feel insignificant and worthless. We can feel our contribution to life is overlooked and meaningless.
Yet God sees things differently. He sees people as the pinnacle of his creation. “We are God’s handiwork” (Ephesians 2:10). God has plans and purposes for us. He thought we were so special that he sent his own Son to redeem us. The reason Jesus tells us that God doesn’t forget us is so that we won’t be afraid. The world is indeed a scary place without the knowledge that a good God loves us and acts for our benefit.
When we worry about worst-case scenarios we leave God out and therefore we feel afraid. Proverbs tells us, “Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side” (Proverbs 3:25-26). Proverbs reminds us that nothing is going to happen that will surprise God. He is with us and he is in charge of his world.
God supplies us with the grace to cope no matter what is going on in our lives. We have no reason to be afraid because we are worth more than many sparrows and God doesn’t forget us.