“Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” ~ Matthew 6:26 (ESV)
“Early in the spring of 1905, my husband and I were sojourning in Elmira, New York,” explained Mrs. Martin. “We contracted a deep friendship for a couple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle—true saints of God. Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for nigh twenty years. Her husband was an incurable cripple who had to propel himself to and from his business in a wheelchair. Despite their afflictions, they lived happy Christian lives, bringing inspiration and comfort to all who knew them. One day while we were visiting with the Doolittles, my husband commented on their bright hopefulness and asked them for the secret of it. Mrs. Doolittle’s response was simple: ‘His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.’ 1
This meeting would lead Civilla Durfee Martin, a schoolteacher with modest musical training, to write one of the most influential gospel hymns of all time. “His Eye is on the Sparrow” has been performed by the likes of Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye, Kirk Franklin, and Barbara Mandrell.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father’s care. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” ~ Matthew 10: 29-31(KJB)
You Are Worth More Than A Sparrow
Why should you feel discouraged? When His eye is on the sparrow and He values you way more than a small bird.
Why should the shadows come? Why should your heart be lonely? His eye is on the sparrow and you are worth far more than the sparrow. In fact, you are worth far more than many sparrows.
You can take great comfort in the verses found in chapters 6 and 10 of Matthew’s Gospel, because God clearly tells you how much He values you.
Even the hairs on your head are numbered. How detailed is that? If God cares enough to number your hairs, wouldn’t it make sense that He cares that much more about the very smallest of details in your life?
When you realize that the Lord is actually concerned about your small details, that changes your perspective. God is not some absentee father. He is ready and willing to hear about all of your problems.
He watches over each and every one of his children.
The disciple Nathaniel meets Jesus for the first time, according to John 1:48, and he immediately questions the Messiah, “How do you know me?” Jesus stuns Nathaniel with his answer: “Before Phillip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathaniel knew instantly that this was the son of God.
Nathaniel was all alone underneath the fig tree. He was alone with his thoughts and innermost desires. How could Jesus have seen him under the fig tree?
His eye is on the sparrow. His eye is on you and me, every day at every moment. In every situation His eye is on you.
When you take that perspective, it becomes easier to cast your cares on to Him.
Excerpt from CAST – 1 Peter 5:7
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