How Much More?
EADLY hornets that could drastically reduce the bee population with a sting potentially lethal for humans? Tornadoes laying havoc in southern states in United States? A pandemic taking lives and wrecking economies around the world? How much more can we take?
If you’re human, you’ve likely asked that question in recent days. I know I have. I don’t want to offer a shallow Sunday School answer as if to quickly satisfy our deepest anxieties. But I do want to turn the question on its head for long enough to lift my eyes beyond network news and away from my own fears.
Jesus often used “lesser to greater” examples to open our eyes to the Father’s love. He would point to something in our experience, some common expression of care, and then drive home the point of how much more God loves us. Here are a few examples from Matthew’s gospel:
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into barns—and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (Matthew 6:25-27)
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! (Matthew 7:7-11, NIV)
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31, NIV)
Sometimes in Scripture you will also find the opposite, a “greater to lesser” argument. If God is willing and able to do this, the greater thing, will he not also be able to do this, the lesser thing. Here’s one of my favorite examples:
What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is there to condemn us? For Christ Jesus, who died, and more than that was raised to life, is at the right hand of God—and He is interceding for us. (Romans 8:31-34, NIV)
How much more?
How much more does God care for us than the birds of the air?
How much more will our Heavenly Father meet our needs than earthly fathers?
How much more valuable are we to God than many sparrows?
And if God didn’t spare his own Son in order to provide forgiveness, will he not see us through to the end?
How much more?
It’s a question we can’t avoid asking. But maybe you can spend a few minutes today asking it in a different direction. I know I found it helpful.
While it might not change the headlines, it can certainly change us.