Sometimes, while I am brushing my hair, I think about this verse above. I get a mental picture of a heavenly counter, ticking downward each time a strand of hair falls to the ground. It is so amazing that God would even bother keeping track of something so trivial. Even more amazing, though, is the fact that He is able to keep such accurate tallies on-going and about every person who has ever lived!
I guess God could be called the ultimate bookkeeper because no human could ever accomplish this task of precisely logging everyone’s hair. Think about it. It would be nearly impossible to even count your own! You could begin at the front of your head and attempt to delicately separate each strand into rows. As you work your way through, you could keep track of those already counted by tagging them somehow. However, by the time you made it to the back of your head, you would most likely have lost a strand or two along the way, causing you to have to start all over again. Now, multiply that task times the millions upon millions of people who have ever lived and it becomes quite evident that this is impossible for man. Only God can keep these kinds of records.
What’s the point, though? Why would God feel the need to track such trivialities? The primary reason is found within the context of the passage. In Matthew 10, after Jesus chooses His disciples, He teaches them about what to expect before they are commissioned into service. He also warns them about persecutions they may face for being His followers then tells them they don’t need to be afraid. To make this point, Jesus reminds the disciples just how much He really cares for them. Matthew 10:29-31 reads,
“Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So, don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to Him than a whole flock of sparrows.”
Like for them, God has our hair strands numbered to demonstrate how intimately He cares for us and just how important we are. To Him, there is nothing about us that is trivial.
However, there is another reason why God records our ‘hair data.’ He does so to demonstrate He cares but He also wants to reveal to us that He will take care. In another passage of Scripture, we learn,
“Those that hate me without cause are more numerous than the hairs on my head…”
God not only keeps logs about the hairs on my head; He also knows the exact number of my enemies! In one book, God tracks intimate details about me and in another He keeps tallies of my enemies. In doing so, He communicates to any of us that He is fully aware of what is going on and that He will take care of His own! Though our enemies are apparently enormous in number, God is greater still!
Obviously, these enemies of ours, which God so carefully tracks, are not merely our human foes. Due to the quantity, they can only be those referred to in Ephesians 6:12,
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, …powers,…rulers of the darkness…, spiritual wickedness in high places.”
These demonic foes are bent on seeking our destruction, primarily because we have pledged our allegiance to Jesus. Ultimately, though, even though their numbers are huge, since they are really opposed to the Christ in us, they lose! He has won the victory!
God’s detailed records, both of the numbers of our hair strands and the volume of our foes must serve as a reminder to us. In terms of our enemies, although they are many, God has already numbered their days. For us, even though we may not even have hair anymore, He lovingly records our days, down to the minutest of details, even something as trivial as the hair which covers our head. It is almost as if God is saying to Satan and his cohorts, ‘I’ve got you numbered’ but to us, ‘I’ve got you covered!‘