Don’t we feel like sparrows sometimes?
In Jesus’ day sparrows were considered insignificant, of little value.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing?” Matthew 10:29a
In Roman currency a farthing was worth about 1 1/2 cents.
Life can make us feel insignificant sometimes. Stuff piles up over time eroding our self worth. Or we get blind-sided by a firestorm that catapults us into self-inflicted exile to the pit of despair.
Talk about that farthing feeling.
Jesus tells us what He thinks about sparrows.
“Yet, not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of the Father. And the hairs on your head are numbered. So don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29b, 30
In Psalm 84, David laments his distance from the Temple.
“My soul yearns even faints for the courts of the Lord. My heart cries out for the living God.”
David seeks the presence, provision and protection of God. David observes,
“even the sparrow has found a home.”
A home. A place in the presence of God, to enjoy all of God’s provision and protection. Sparrows appear insignificant and meager. A farthing in the eyes of the world.
But in the temple of God, a welcome resident, enjoying all the benefits of home. Insignificant? No. Meager? Hardly.
We can live in the presence of God. Choose to live there, work there, play there, serve there. Every hour of every day.
Next time you feel like a sparrow. Think how wonderful it is to live in the temple of the living God.