The Hair On My Head

Although the number of hairs on the head of each individual vary there are some averages that have been published.  Amazingly, the number varies depending on whether you are red headed, brunette, or blonde, which was a small fact I didn’t know until I did the research for this posting.

In my prime, according to the averages, I had about 100,000 hairs on my head.  Of course, we can reduce that number by about 40% to account for those hairs I’ve lost that haven’t been replaced.  Still, 60,000 is a pretty big number.

Interestingly, the Bible has some things to say about the hair on your head.  In Matthew chapter 10 Jesus is instructing his disciples about the persecution they will face.  As part of this Jesus wants them to be reassured that God will protect them.

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

In this scripture fragment Jesus makes the amazing statement that the very hairs on our head are numbered – all 100,000 of them, or for some of us, all 60,000 of them.

What does this mean?  It means God is involved in the tiniest details of our life.  There is nothing beyond His glance or notice.

In Luke chapter 21 Jesus tells them this:

16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish.19 Stand firm, and you will win life.

This is an interesting statement, for in it he says you will be hated, and some of you will be put to death, but not a hair of your head will perish.  How is that possible?  How can one be put to death and still retain their hair?  This is a profound statement, and one that shows God care extends well beyond this life into the life to come.  That no matter what people in this life may do to you, God will preserve you so that nothing is lost in eternity, including your hair.

But, hair in the scriptures tell us something else, too.  David in Psalms 40 is distressed.  He is trying to find a way to express his feelings about the evils and troubles that surround him, and of his own sin.

For troubles without number surround me;
    my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
    and my heart fails within me.

That’s a lot of sin!  But, wait.  Isn’t David exaggerating things a bit?  It depends on how you want to look at it.  If you are self-righteous and never do anything wrong, then, yes, it seems like a complete exaggeration of the truth.  However, if the light of God’s righteousness shines in your heart and lights all the dark places, the corners, the secret places, then, no, it probably is not an exaggeration.  You see, David, understood something few of us think about – that at our very best our righteousness is as filthy rags before a righteous God.

But, David does not stop there.  For in the very next verse he utters these words:

Be pleased to save me, Lord;
    come quickly, Lord, to help me.

What does David need to be saved from?  What does he need help with?  From the troubles and his own sin.  But, why would a man like David, who, after all, was a man after God’s own heart, need help with his sin?  Because David, unlike us sometimes, recognized his need of Savior, not just so his name could be written in God’s book of life, but to help him day by day.  David doesn’t hide his sin, but lays it out before God, and before everyone who reads this passage.  His soul is laid bare.  He doesn’t profess to be a ‘big man’, but rather, a man in need of God’s mercy and forgiveness.

May we never forget that while we have been saved from death and hell, and have gained entrance to eternal life we are still living in this present world by the grace of God, and need his help and forgiveness at every step of our journey.

2 Responses to “The Hair On My Head”

  1. Carol Gilham Says:


  2. Bea McGuire Says:

    Very interesting blog! Never thought about the hairs on our head but what a beautiful writing from that scripture. David is my favorite Bible character. This writing made me feel some of the things David probably felt when he cried out to the Lord. As always, thank you for your inspiration! Blessings…..

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