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I don’t know about you, but every once in a while, I ask myself, “Does God really know and care about what’s happening to me right now?” It’s easy to believe this for someone else and say, “Of course God knows. He loves you!” But it’s different, isn’t it, when it concerns you.        

The thought occurred to me the other day—not a new one, to be sure—about how much the Lord knows about what’s going on in our lives. I thought it would be encouraging to look at some of the scriptures that answer that question.

Let’s start with birds, no less.

There are around twelve billion birds in North America. There are ten thousand species on the earth, and some think twice that many. The Lord God Almighty, who created birds and everything else that exists, gave songs to all of them. He composed those sounds, engineered and placed them in those little brains. One of the birds He created is the sparrow. This is a tiny bird that weighs less than an ounce. I looked up how many sparrows were in the United States and couldn’t find an answer. Nevertheless, I’m sure there are millions of them among the billions of birds that reside here.

We’re all familiar, I think, with this statement from Jesus about sparrows:

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father” (Matthew 10:29).1

Now, I don’t know exactly what “apart from your Father” means, but it’s clear that He knows about each one that dies. He keeps track of all those little deaths. I’m absolutely sure that I don’t do that, you don’t do that, and no one else does. It would be impossible, I should think.

But not impossible for the Lord. “The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: ‘Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?’” (Jeremiah 32:26–27).

No, Lord God Creator of all things, I agree. Nothing in all creation is too difficult for You.

Following Jesus’ statement that the Father knows about each and every sparrow that falls, comes this:

“But even the hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:30).

Jesus stated these amazing things in the context of His teaching about whom to fear on the earth: those who can kill the body but not the soul, or the One who can cast both into hell. Don’t be afraid, He said, you are of more value than many sparrows, all of which He is aware. And He knows so much about you that He is keeping count of the hairs on your head. Again, I don’t know that, and you don’t.

No one cares enough about you to count your hair, not even yourself.

It appears our question about whether God Almighty knows and cares about what we’re going through is answered in His beautiful truth.

Finally, we are also told that the Lord knows the names and number of the stars.

“He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure” (Psalm 147:4–5).

How many stars are there in the universe? No one knows. Some estimate that there are 10 trillion galaxies. Our Milky Way galaxy contains around 100 billion stars, on the low end. Some say there are four times as many. Someone multiplied 100 billion times 10 trillion and came up with one septillion, or a one with twenty-four zeroes after it. Do you know how long it would take to count to one trillion? At one number a second, it would take over thirty-one thousand years. This is a number we cannot comprehend.

Let’s look at the verse that precede Psalm 147:4-5. Here it is in context with verses four and five.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure” (Psalm 147:3–5).

Yes. He knows everything possible that can be known about our wounds and broken hearts. And He heals us. The one who knows when sparrows fall, the hair on our heads, and the number—and names, I should add—of every star, which we do not and cannot know.

Where does our help come from? The One who created everything. He knows all about us, even when we are in danger of stumbling.

“My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:2–4).

Amen. Father, help us trust and believe.

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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