The Fifth Sparrow

February 13, 2022

 

The Fifth Sparrow

 

Matthew 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?  

Isaiah 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.  

 

INTRODUCTION

Jesus Christ made it clear in the Gospel of John 16:33, that his disciples would have trouble in this life.

All of God’s children can expect the same thing.

He never promised us this life would be easy, but He does promise to be with us till we overcome.

Jesus is with us, right in the midst of all we’re going through.

Even in the deepest of waters, God is there with us.


Acts 27:20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.  
 

The reality of what you are facing can seem so overwhelming that you might feel like giving up.

But don’t!

The circumstances may be too difficult in human terms, but in Christ, there is always hope.

He alone can truly rescue you and keep you from drowning.


Psalm 6:2-3  Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed. 3 My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O Lord, how long?  
 

Maybe you hear voices telling you to just quit, give up, and let it go.

Don’t stop.

The devil may be shouting, “You’ll never win!"

But God has victory in store for you!

Don’t be afraid.

When you are weak, He will be your strength.

It’s not over.

God’s working behind the scene.

Press on.

Don’t draw back; don’t relinquish your hold on what God has promised.

Psalm 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.  

 

DOES ANYONE CARE?
 

Hagar was a single woman who was forced to leave a place she called home.

Tell the story of Abraham and Hagar.

As she and her son wandered in the wilderness, she thinks no one cared.

Hagar thinks no one love or cares about her or her son.

After their water supply had dried up, she placed her son under a tree to die.

And he cried.

Hagar cried as she drew her last breath.

And God heard them.

The Angel of God appeared to her.

The LORD calmed Hagar’s fears, telling her not to be afraid.

Genesis 21:17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.  
 

Hagar was an outcast.

She was a slave and was looked down on by others.

However, in God’s eyes, she was precious and worth pursuing.

Hagar is one of the most misunderstood people in the Bible, yet God understands her.

The LORD knows her name.

In her desperate and hopeless state, God found her.

The OMNIPRESENT God came to Hagar’s rescue.

He helped her.

Many in her days think of Hagar as a commodity, but God looks at her as a person.

Just as God heard Hagar and her son sobbing in the wilderness, He is the God who sees you.

And that is something you should never, ever forget.

God has seen every tear you have cried.

He cares about you.

He will care for you and turn your sorrow into dancing.

He will see you through the toughest season of your life.

God understands you.

He will never abandon you.

He saw you before you were born.


Psalm 139:13, He formed you and saw you in your mother’s womb.

Why would you think He stops caring for you now?

Matthew 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?  
 

If you were to buy four sparrows, they would throw the fifth sparrow in for free!

Meaning the fifth sparrow is worthless, useless and insignificant.

Yet it is not forgotten by God.

God cares for every one of them.

Do you feel like if you weren’t around nobody would miss you?

There are times when life breaks us down.

In such circumstances, we are apt to turn our resentment, not just upon those responsible, but upon God as well.

We get angry that He could allow such things to happen.

But let me remind you once again, God loves you.

You are worth more than many sparrows!

His heart beats for you.

He loves you.

You are not forgotten.

If you feel like a fifth sparrow today and fear that you don’t matter, take courage and know that it’s not true.

You do matter.

In the darkest parts of the night and the darkest corner of your hearts, God is always there.

Even if you do not feel Him near, God is there.

So don’t give up on Him.

God does not fail.

He has never failed and He cannot fail.

He is faithful, despite our unfaithfulness towards Him.

The Bible reminds us that He is faithful, just and fair!

He will comfort, strengthen, support, and uplift you.

He is El Ro-i, the God Who Sees.

So wait on the LORD and on His appointed time.

He promises to never leave you alone.

Reach out for Him today.

He is a very present help in times of trouble.

 

No matter how hopeless things may seem, God is in control.

His hand is there to guide you; His strength is there to support you.

You are never out of His reach.

It will end in testimonies.

You are created for a divine purpose.

You're special.

Your life is not a product of mistakes.

Stand firm in the faith.

Engage Him in daily conversation.

Prayer is two-way communication.

Engage God in a conversation today.

Your Heavenly Father longs to hear you daily.

Read and speak His promises daily.

Guard your heart.

Learn to praise, worship and give thanks, despite the situation.

 

CLOSING
 

If you want to start a new relationship with God, you can this morning....

God wants to take the mistakes of your old life and they will pass away and He will make all things new.

So stand firm in the faith.


Isaiah 49:14-15 But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. 15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. 

(Cover these things in Prayer)

LORD, replace the pain of my broken relationships with the joy of your love, in Jesus name,

El Roi, when I feel forgotten by friends, and family, thank You for standing by me.


 Help me to remember that You are watching over me, in Jesus name.