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What is Man That You Are Mindful of Him?

Updated on December 28, 2018
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Lori Colbo loves to write about her Christian faith and the Bible to encourage and inspire others.

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When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,

The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,

What is man that You are mindful of him,

And the son of man that You visit him?

Psalm 8:3-4

Of More Value Than They?

This morning I found a beautiful butterfly in my dog's water bowl. I thought he was dead. But when I plucked him out of the water, his wings fluttered just a wee bit. I felt so sorry for him. He was too water sodden to fly. I put him out in the grass, hoping he would dry out and be able to fly, but doubtful that he would. Immediately my mind went to the time Jesus told his disciples "Not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it" (Matt. 10:19b). Isn't that a precious thought? Sparrows are not viewed by man as significant birds. They are tiny, bland colored, and very common; and in Jesus day, they were only worth a copper coin to two. Personally, I love to watch the sparrows gather on my lawn in droves and peck at the ground for any little seed. They are so cute when their little feet seem to resist the morning dew a bit. But back in Jesus' day, and today, we are more taken with pretty birds, bigger birds, birds that represent something we consider special (e.g. Bald eagles).

In Matthew 6:26, Jesus once again uses His care and love for these seeming insignificant birds to show us that as much as He cares for them, He values us far more, and will more so take care of us. "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" We should not worry nor be afraid, He watches over us.

Jesus goes on to say in the next two verses of Matthew 10, "And the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows (vs. 30-31). When I go to clean my hairbrush, I am always struck by how much hair is in it. Can you imagine counting the hairs on your head? Can you fathom why God would? And yet He does. He cares about the big things, and the most minute and seemingly insignificant details about the universe and about us.

And not one sparrow falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.
And not one sparrow falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. | Source

Seek Ye First

There are several places in Scripture where God talks about the innumerable sands of the sea and stars in the sky. He promised Abraham he would make his descendants as numerable as all the grains of sand in the world, and the stars in the heavens. God knows every infinitesimal detail of the universe. We are but one of those, yet He promises to protect us, love us, cherish us, and provide for us. We are admonished not to worry or be afraid, not to sweat the big stuff or the small stuff, because He is sovereign, full of glory and loving-kindness, and works all things together for good, for those who love Him and are called according to his purpose.

I love the way he ends Matthew 6:

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (vs. 33). That should be our focus in life, living in and advancing the kingdom of God and trust him to deal with and take care of the all the rest.

© 2012 Lori Colbo

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