I wrote yesterday out of Luke 12, verses 4-5, that Jesus warned his followers to fear God rather than to fear man. Man only has power over us in this life … God has power over us for all eternity. We need to make sure that we are in right relationship to Him. Yet, right after Jesus tell his followers to fear, He tells them not to be afraid.
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” [Luke 12:6-7 NIV]
We are not to be afraid. Our peace comes because we are never forgotten by God. His eye is on the sparrows, yes, but His eyes are always looking for ways to be strong on our behalf. [2 Chron 16:9] Our God is pledged to watch over His own. Sometimes that means we will escape the fires around us; other times it means He will walk with us through them. Either way, we are not forgotten.
That wonderful song, “His Eye is on the Sparrow” says we can sing because we are free. We are not free of troubles, or threats of war. We are free from the fear of being forgotten or abandoned by God. Our Everlasting Father sees us, knows us, loves us. And He will always watch over us.
Take heart, beloved, as you listen to Whitley Phipps singing “His Eye is on the Sparrow.” And know He watches you.