DayBreaks for 03/05/13 – God’s Inventory
Luke 12:6-7 (NIV) – 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. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
I used to work for a computer company that specialized in software and products for automotive parts stores. Among their other tasks, the computers kept track of the inventory in the store(s). There may have been 30-35,000 different parts in a typical store, so it was a big job. There are companies that specialize in inventory control…and they make millions doing it.
God keeps an inventory, too. I suspect that He keeps an inventory of everything, actually. In the passage above, Jesus indicates that God has an inventory of sparrows…and of human hairs.
Exactly how many hairs are on a human head? Well, it obviously varies, but here’s some statistics that give us an idea: on the average there are over one hundred thousand strands of hair on a young adult. Blondes average about 140,000 strands, brunettes average 108,000 and redheads average 90,000. Hair grows at a rate of about 150 millimeters a year and each individual hair lasts for two to six years before it falls out, the follicle has a rest for a while, while another takes its place. Hair grows quickest in young adult women aged between sixteen and twenty-four. Now if you figure there are over 7 billion people in the world, that’s a lot of strands of hair for God to know about! But Jesus said He does. He even notices the average of 70 hairs a day that are lost from each human head.
The point isn’t that God is good at math (He is…He invented it!), but that God cares for all of His creation…especially humans. Sure, He knows how many sparrows there are in the world. A Google search says that there is no estimate of the number of sparrows because they number multiple billions, with single flocks that sometime include twenty million sparrows!
Jesus’ point was this: unlike the gods the ancients believed in, God is far from unconcerned and uninvolved with us. No one keeps track of sparrows like God does. And no one keeps track of human hairs like God.
As John Ortberg put it in Who Is This Man?, “God values sparrows…more than you know. He feeds them, gives them twigs and trees for nests and gives them other sparrows to mate with. God cares so much for them that He has a running inventory.”
When a baby is born, the parents count the fingers and toes. God counts the hairs of the head. And He is so concerned for us that He will never lose count of a single one no matter how long we live! Let us find peace and rest in that wondrous certainty of God’s knowledge of us and all that happens to us.
PRAYER: How wonderful it is knowing of Your care for every detail of our lives! We praise You, Almighty Father! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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