The Upper Room devotional reflection for Tuesday, June 7, 2022 comes to us from Ruthie Solitario of National Capital Regions, Philippines.
1 Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. 4 "I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 8 "I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. 9 But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. 10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 11 "When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say." Luke 12:1-12 NIV
“Just a Sparrow”
My family is fascinated with birds, and we try to identify them whenever we are outside. One morning I saw an unusual and interesting bird. I didn’t have binoculars ready, so I tried listening for the bird’s song. Unfortunately I couldn’t make out its sound because many sparrows were singing at the same time. I was disappointed as I headed home. I looked up one more time and saw a sparrow flying from roof to roof. I thought, It’s just a sparrow. I resented the fact that the sparrows had kept me from identifying the unusual bird. Sparrows are beautiful and sing melodiously, but because I see them all the time they are not exciting to me.
Suddenly, Luke 12:6 came to mind. Even the common sparrow is remembered by God and is under God’s sovereign care. Often we feel lonely, forgotten, or unimportant. But that doesn’t mean we are lost. We can celebrate sparrows, and ourselves, because the Lord knows us and sees us, no matter how insignificant we may consider ourselves to be. And this is the proof: Jesus died for us! Our sovereign God ultimately gives up identity and declares our worth. Just as God does for the sparrows, God always remembers and cares for us.
It seems to me that most, if not all of us, feel forgotten or lost at least some of the times of our lives. I know that sometimes when I am wondering about the various paths that comprise my life’s journey, I begin to feel insignificant. Why did a particular event happen? What did that mean? And on and on and on … In the Gospel according to Luke, Jesus reminds us that no matter how insignificant we feel, God sees the value, beauty, and wisdom in each and every one of us. We are reminded that, no matter how insignificant we feel, God treasures each of us.
Sovereign God, we know you look lovingly upon all of your creation. Thank you that all your creatures are precious in your sight. Amen.
Those who feel Forgotten.
Thought for the Day:
Even when I feel unimportant, God declares that I am of great worth.