Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 26, 2022

“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” – “The LORD will accomplish what concerns me”

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 38:21-31.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.  

“This is the number of the things for the tabernacle, the tabernacle of the testimony, as they were numbered according to the command of Moses, for the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.  …   

All the gold that was used for the work, in all the work of the sanctuary, even the gold of the wave offering, was 29 talents and 730 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary.  The silver of those of the congregation who were numbered was 100 talents and 1,775 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary;  a beka a head (that is, half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary), for each one who passed over to those who were numbered, from twenty years old and upward, for 603,550 men.  The hundred talents of silver were for casting the sockets of the sanctuary and the sockets of the veil;  one hundred sockets for the hundred talents, a talent for a socket.  Of the 1,775 shekels, he made hooks for the pillars and overlaid their tops and made bands for them.  The bronze of the wave offering was 70 talents and 2,400 shekels.”  Exodus 38:21 and 24-29. 


“This is the number of the things for the tabernacle …”  Verse 21.

The exact cost of the tabernacle is written in today’s Scripture, and the exact number of items that were made for the construction of the temple was written in Exodus chapters 36 through 38.

The importance to this knowledge, shown by including the numbers in Scripture, gives us hope that God also knows, and considers it important, what efforts and expenditures go into the good works that God has prepared for us to do.

We should not be discouraged, nor fear, that it is not important to God.  Sometimes, it may seem to us that our efforts and expenditures are wasted.  So to speak, we may feel like our wheels are spinning and that we are drifting.  But, God has a purpose.  God may be building faith.  God may want us to focus on another area of life for a while.  Although we may think that we need to get a lot more done, God may have already accomplished what concerns us within our work in one area, and God is working within us in another area of our life.

In summary, the righteous live by faith not sight.  Our faith is more precious to God than gold (1 Peter 1:6-7).  We can trust that we are God’s workmanship for good works that He prepared for us to do (Ephesians 2:10), that He works within us both to give us the will to do His will and to work within us for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13), and that He will perfect the work that He began within us (Philippians 1:6).  

“For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.” Psalm 1:6.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent?  And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So do not fear;  you are more valuable than many sparrows.”  Matthew 10:29-31.

The LORD will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” Psalm 138:8.

“I will cry to God Most High,
To God who accomplishes all things for me.” Psalm 57:2.

but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 15:57-58.


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