If my research is right, there are 8 billion sparrows on earth, and God knows every feather on every flying creature. In addition, there are 7.8 billion people on earth, and God knows every hair on every head (including the clump stuck in your brush!). Jesus once said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Luke 12:6,7).
The fact that God knows everything about everything is why we fear him. Because God knows what goes on in your mind. God knows the words you typed into your phone . . . and then backspaced because they were so bad. God knows what you say on the car ride after church. God knows how you treat the people under your roof, no matter how much religious art hangs on your walls. God knows.
Which is why God knows that we need grace. Jesus continued, “Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Luke 12:7). The reason we don’t fall apart with fear of what God knows is because God has given us worth. When Jesus, the Lamb who was slain, erased your sins, he made you worthy to stand in God’s presence. The God who counts every bird and every hair stopped counting the reasons why you shouldn’t be with him. Instead, his face shines on you and is gracious to you.
What a gift! What a God!