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If His Eye is On the Sparrow

Saturday - July 11th Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: Matthew 10:29-31

Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 5:38-48

The very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid;

you are worth more than many sparrows.

Matthew 10:30-31


While looking out into our backyard early Friday morning, I noticed a huge owl swoop down across the yard and drop a small bird. It appeared that the young bird (the size of a sparrow) had been taken from a nest in our yard and immediately dropped. As I took our dogs outside, I looked for the bird while trying to keep the dogs from noticing it and considering it a play toy. While they were distracted, I saw the bird flapping around on the ground below the nest from which I believed it had come. I rushed the dogs inside and then looked for the bird, but could not find it.

Later in the morning, as the dogs and I went into the yard again, the bird flapped around on the ground. What appeared to be the mother bird was nearby watching and tweeting loudly. It darted back and forth from a tree branch down to the little bird on the ground. The mama bird appeared to be quite distraught and seemed to be attempting to rescue the baby and return it to the nest. It seemed she would be successful, and later in the day, I concluded she had rescued her baby.

Throughout the day, it was evident that the mama bird kept her eye on the baby bird. She cared about it. She looked out for it to the extent she could. I couldn't help but think of the Gospel hymn, "His Eye Is On the Sparrow," written in 1905 by Civilla D. Martin and Charles H. Gabriel. In the church of my childhood, we sang the song regularly. It is still a song I sing to myself when fear, loneliness, or discouragement try to invade my heart and thinking.

As recorded in Matthew chapters six and ten, Jesus taught his followers that God knows when a sparrow falls and He cares about that sparrow. Jesus made the point that if God cares for a small bird like that, how much more does God care for us, His children. In Matthew 10:30-31, Jesus tells us that God, who knows us so well, knows the number of hairs on our heads. He says that we do not need to be gripped by fear in life because God values us more than the sparrow. If indeed, God's eye is on the sparrow, how much more is He watching us - those He made in His own image.

When fear, loneliness, or discouragement seem to be creeping into your mind and heart, remember that the God Who made you is watching over you. He knows the number of hairs on your head. He cares about you and your life. Sing or say the words of the old hymn's chorus, "His eye is on the sparrow, And I know He watches me."

Whatever you face today, God's watching over you. His eye is on you!

His Eye Is On the Sparrow

1905 - by Civilla D. Martin and Charles H. Gabriel

Why should I feel discouraged,

why should the shadows come,

Why should my heart be lonely,

and long for heav'n and home,

When Jesus is my portion

My constant Friend is He:

His eye is on the sparrow,

and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow,

and I know He watches me.

Refrain:

I sing because I'm happy,

I sing because I'm free,

For His eye is on the sparrow,

and I know He watches me.

"Let not your heart be troubled,"

His tender word I hear,

And resting on His goodness,

I lose my doubts and fears;

Though by the path He leadeth,

but one step I may see;

His eye is on the sparrow,

and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow,

and I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted,

whenever clouds arise,

When songs give place to sighing,

when hope within me dies,

I draw the closer to Him,

from care He sets me free;

His eye is on the sparrow,

and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow,

and I know He watches me.

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