You Are Worth More Than Many Sparrows

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows” 
(Luke 12:6-7).

Eight-year-old Abigail learned a powerful lesson about the intimate care God has for his children while visiting George Müller’s orphanage. One day, while strolling through the garden with Müller and her parents, the matron of the house approached and said, “I’m sorry to interrupt, sir, but the children are seated for breakfast, but there is no food in the house. What should we do?”

Expectant Waiting

George Müller and his orphans were accustomed to God providing for their needs in unorthodox ways. Without a shred of doubt, George called Abigail to his side and said, “Come here, Abigail, and see what God will do.” George entered the dining room and found 300 children standing in neat rows behind their chairs. In front of each child was an empty plate and cup. 

Abigail whispered, “But where’s the food, Mr. Müller?” 

“God will supply,” he confidently replied. 

Then, in the presence of all the children and staff, he prayed a simple prayer: “Dear God, we thank you for what you are going to give us to eat. Amen.” No sooner had the children sat down than a knock came at the door. 

Bread & Milk from Heaven

The town baker was at the door. He had been prompted at 2 a.m. to get up and bake bread for the orphans. His truck was full of trays of piping hot bread. What a miraculous provision! But the children still needed something to wash it down.

A few minutes later a second knock came at the door. This time, it was the milkman whose cart had broken down outside the orphanage. He needed to lighten his load to make the necessary repairs and didn’t want the milk to go to waste. “Could the orphans use the milk?” Like the loaves and fishes that multiplied by the hands of Jesus by the Sea of Galilee, there was more than enough bread and milk for every child and leftovers for lunch.

A Funnel for God’s Work

What makes this story of God’s providential care even more amazing is that early in his ministry, Müller promised himself he would never ask for money from anyone. He committed that he would solely rely on God through prayer to care for his and the orphans’ needs. George kept his promise, and God, of course, kept his. In his lifetime, nearly 1.5 million pounds (or about 200 million dollars) passed through George Müller’s hands as he fed, clothed, housed, and educated over 10,000 orphans and established over 100 Christian schools in Bristol, England.

Rich Toward God

George Müller understood what it meant to be rich toward God. He spent his life laying up treasure in heaven. When Müller died in 1898, his estate was valued at only 160 pounds, which was mostly comprised of the value of a few pieces of furniture. Müller’s life and legacy is an example of restful dependence on God to do what he promised to do…take care of us.

Jesus said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7).

If God cares for even the most inconsequential details of his creation, like the birds, will he not more take care of us?

Eyes on God

It is estimated that there are between 50-430 billion birds on earth, and the most abundant of the species is the sparrow. For all the billions of sparrows and every other bird, not one is forgotten or unseen by God. If God knows that kind of detail about the sparrows, including when one falls to the ground and dies (Matthew 10:29), does he not also know what you need, O you of little faith?

Friend, today you might be wondering if your needs matter to God. After all, there are 7 billion other people on earth, and your needs might feel small and insignificant in comparison. You may not be feeding orphans, George Müller, and therefore, your needs are less important and less seen by God. But that is not so. You are known and loved by God. He cares for the sparrows, but he has uniquely set YOU apart as the object of his love and care.

11 Reasons Why You Are Worth More than Sparrows

  1. No bird was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). 
  2. No bird was designed to be a joint heir with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17). 
  3. No bird ever received the inheritance of eternal life (Ephesians 1:11, Colossians 1:12).
  4. No bird ever had a place prepared for it in heaven (John 14:2). 
  5. No bird was promised hope, joy, and peace (Romans 15:13).
  6. No bird was ever given the promise of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11).
  7. No bird was promised access to the Father through the Son (Hebrews 10:19, James 4:8).
  8. No bird was reassured of God’s love for and intimate care over their lives (Luke 12:31).
  9. No bird has ever been instructed or counseled in the way they should go (Psalm 25:12, Psalm 32:8).
  10. No bird has ever rejoiced that its name is written in heaven (Luke 10:20).
  11. No bird has ever received the promise of future glory (Romans 8:18).

Prayers of Giants & Sparrows

Abigail never forgot the lessons of God’s providential care she learned at George Müller’s orphanage. It made such an impression that she ended all her prayers by saying, “Please, God, take care of this as you do for George Müller. Amen.” 

God delights in answering the prayers of his saints—not just the prayers of those who seem to be giants of the faith like George Müller, but the prayers of little sparrows like you and me. Pray on friends; God hears, and God knows.

“Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man’s power ends.” ~ George Müller

Soli Deo Gloria (to God alone be the glory),


P.S. George Müller made it his practice to make his soul happy in the Lord every day. He understood the pursuit of holy leisure better than anyone. It starts with setting up a practice of being in the presence of the Lord. Download this guide to get started today.

12 Responses

  1. Man I love George Müller! What an incredible testimony that God’s promises find their yes in Him (2 Cor 1:20). Thank you for this much needed comfort and encouragement. 💛

    1. Agreed! I especially love that he had pennies to his name at the end of his life. His treasure was truly in heaven and his time here was spent leaving a lasting legacy that will continue to encourage generations of saints!!

    2. What a testimony of faith that lives on because of his life and faithful dependence on God. <3

    1. I’m so glad it blessed you! 🙂 I always learn, and I’m reminded again of his intimate care of me, as I write.

  2. Beautiful – your writing always inspires me. Thank you for the important reminder I am seen and known and loved by God. Lovely!

    1. It’s a truth we know so well, and often need to be reminded of. Thank you for your comment!

  3. Oh, how I love George. It is absolutely incredible that he did not ever ask for money! Every time I read his story Iam amazed by his Faith!

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