God’s Watchful Eye

In Blog, Discipleship by Mike Sherwood

While vacationing in the spring of 1905 Civilla Martin and her husband met Mr. and Mrs Dolittle who they described as true saints of God. Mrs. Dolittle had been bedridden for nearly 20 years and Mr. Dolittle was confined to a wheel chair because of an incurable illness. During the visit Mr. Martin commented on their bright hopefulness and despite their afflictions seemed to bring inspiration to those around them. Mrs Dolittle gave a simple reply, “his eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches me”. Civilla later penned these words:

Let not your heart be troubled, his tender word I hear

And resting on his goodness, I lose my doubt 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

Why is it we allow troubles and problems in life to distract and define us? They seem to have such power to change our course and it comes to easy sometimes to lower the gaze of our eyes from heavenward to earthly.


Psalm 32:8

” I will instruct and teach you in the way you should go

               I will counsel you with my eye upon you”

Did you realize as an adopted child of God that he has set your way? With his watchful eye he is keeping you safe, all the while teaching and nurturing you to present you one day as a bride to her groom. Too often our identity is found in seemingly hopeless situations that we find ourselves in. More than we would like to admit our identity is in what we are chasing to satisfy earthly desires, or we may be mired down by circumstance brought about by sinful decisions. All of these rob us of the joy that is found in Christ alone, by understanding how the gospel works in us through everyday life we are pulled closer to him by faith. Then Christ’s power will be in us because he is for us.

Galatians  2:20

” I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

If you have placed your faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ, then you are a child of the most high God. Peace and joy come from the God who we now belong to and our identity is found in the biblical truth that we are favored by him, our heavenly abba father. Troubles will come and sorrows will sometimes be bitter because of the world we still live in, but we can rest assured that by his providence we are never out of his sight and care.

Matthew 10: 29-31

 “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise

When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies

I draw closer to him, from care he sets me free

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me

-Mike Sherwood