Do you have hope for the future? Do you worry about tomorrow and what it may bring? If you are in Christ there is no need to fear about tomorrow for the Father himself cares for you. There is hope in God for he cares for us. It is not even possible to begin to understand how much he cares until we give it some perspective.
Some time ago I was sent a presentation showing the respective sizes of the earth with the planets in the solar system. Then it showed these against the sun, then the sun against other stars, then the stars against the Milky Way and then the Milky Way against the rest of the known cosmos. What it was saying was that in the total scheme of things the earth is barely a speck of dust and how insignificant are we compared to the breadth, depth and size of the creation. Taking this down another level it showed there are some six billion people on the earth, all with their own problems, anxieties and difficulties. The point was that our individual problems are so insignificant that we should consider for a moment and try to put our life into perspective.
However I got a different message from this presentation. When I saw the vastness of the creation and the respective size of all things created, it filled me with a sense of wonder and humility. For the one who created all of this, who brought all things into being and who put man on this earth said he cares about me as an individual. In the total scheme of things we are just a speck of dust. But to God we are the most important things in all of his creation. Look at what the scripture says in this section in verses 29-33:
29 “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will.
30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
32 So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven;
33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”
In spite of the size and the magnificence of His creation, and our insignificance in it, he has even gone to the trouble to say each individual hair on our head is numbered. Not even man can think in those terms and at that level of detail. And as he also says, not a single sparrow will fall to the earth and die unless and until it is the will of the Father, and we who follow Christ are of inestimable more value than many sparrows.
How great is His love for us and how magnificent are his promises for our security, both now and for the future? Man cannot calculate these. So knowing this we can take hope and we should live in the hope of the tremendous salvation he has given us in Christ Jesus. For Jesus says that if we acknowledge him, he will acknowledge us before the Father who is the master of all. Even Jesus said that he did not begin to compare himself to the Father, so how great is the acknowledgement we might receive to be acknowledged by Jesus before the Father? we can take hope, comfort and encouragement from these words.
When you consider the enormity of the creation, how is it possible that anything can be hidden from him? Jesus says not to fear what men may do to us for the worst they can do is to take our physical life, and they would be punished for that anyway. Rather we need to fear and respect God who can destroy our immortal soul and not just the physical body. Men will try all manner of things. They will do evil, they will lie and cheat and seek their own ends while trying to cover up what they are doing, but the Lord said, “…nothing is covered that will not be revealed or hidden that will not be known.” (vs. 26) Similarly when we do good it will be known for you cannot hide good deeds. All things will be known so we need to focus on following Christ and doing what is good in the sight of God. Then we will receive the due reward from him at his return.
There is hope in God for he cares for us and will reward those who follow the Son of God, Jesus Christ.