God's Care for His Children

Christ Jesus made use of some beautiful similes in the endeavor to bring to his listeners the truth of God's care for His children. One of these similes referred to the sparrow, a bird that mortals usually reckon of little value. "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing?" he said, "and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. . . . Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows." The Master, with acumen begotten of marvelous spiritual understanding, saw beyond the mere shadowy material sense of things, saw the real spiritual identity of that which mortals account as of little value, and pronounced the great truth that even a sparrow is precious in His sight. And if a sparrow be regarded in this way by the Father, surely the children of men, whose real spiritual selves were created by Him, are much more precious to Him!

The Father's love for His creation—how faintly sometimes we seem to discern it! Yet, this love is unlimited: the Father is infinite Love. The word "Father" is such a kindly word, conveying as it does to us the thoughts of intelligent supervision, provision for our needs, righteous correction, wise guidance. And when one perceives that in reality the Father and the son—God and His idea, man—are never apart, one understands how the love of the Father can never cease to operate on man's behalf; that it is impossible for man to be deprived, even for an instant, of divine protection.

Running Our Race
January 11, 1930

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