God Sees and Hears You

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
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.
“His Eye Is On The Sparrow”, by Civilla Durfee Martin, a Canadian-American writer
of many religious hymns and gospel songs in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

Who is Big Brother? and Why is he watching You?  This was a phrase used in a novel written in 1949 by George Orwell called  “1984”, who wanted to demonstrate what could happen if citizens allowed their governments to hold as much power as they desired over them.  It was a threat that was meant to keep people in line: it reminds them that they are always under surveillance from the Party.

It’s a very scary thought, but look at us now.  We have government that would like to do that to us today.  They want to either take away our freedoms altogether, or control what we can and cannot do under their jurisdiction, in order to keep us in line.  Very sutley, in a way that is small and difficult to notice or describe is how they operate, but it is very important for us to know how and what is being done to our freedoms and choices as individuals.  That kind of all-seeing eye, we don’t need.

On the other hand, we have three loving Overseers that watch everything we do and want the best for us, to be able to enjoy life to the fullest.  They are God our Father, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit.

God our Father is our Creator.  He made us, the world and all that is in it for us to enjoy and take care of.   God our Father is pure love and who doesn’t want to be fully and completely loved by Someone who watches over us.  “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”  1 John 4:16.  God’s nature is love. Love is not merely an attribute of God, it is part of His very makeup. God is not merely loving; at His core, He is love.  (Read 1 John 4:7-21)

Proverbs 15:3 states, “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”   Things people think are hidden are fully visible to God.  Proverbs 5:21 tells us, “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths.”  God’s watchful eye prevents evil from destroying us.  Because Satan also is watching, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”  1 Peter 5:8.   So who would you want to be watching over you?

Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.  There may be some things in your life, that you’re not very proud of and there is something greater, the eternal truth of who you are in Christ. It is important to know that Jesus not only died for you on the cross, He died as you.  He took the punishment for your sin.  2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us,  “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  God allowed Jesus to take away from us what He hates most; sin.  Jesus is God and sees you at your most vulnerable state and will reach out to you to come to Him for a peace that only He can provide.  He will never leave you or forget about you.  You are precious in His sight.  Deuteronomy 31:8 tells us, “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”  As  believers in Jesus, we are promised a new life covered under the protection of God in which nothing can separate us from His love.  Rest knowing that no matter what hardship you face, Jesus is your provider and protector.  John 10:27-28, Jesus tells us that, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give the eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them our of My hand.”   Jesus also says to us in John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”   Also, Jesus is our intercessor, between us and the Father, intercession means: pleading on behalf of another person.  Jesus is pleading on behalf of all those who have put their trust in Him for their salvation.  John 14:6 Jesus tells us, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”   How much better is it to be watched over by Jesus.

The Holy Spirit, our Helper.  Jesus, before He left earth to go back to heaven said He would send a Helper to come along beside us and be permanently present with us.  John 14:16-17 tells us, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever — the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”   It is important to note that until we are born of water, in other words, born of God’s Word and His Spirit, through Jesus Christ, we cannot enter the kingdom of God.  Jesus is saying the heart of the matter is that we must be born again, spiritually.  Jesus says in John 3:5-6, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”  Another indication that the Holy Spirit is with us always, is that, Romans 8:16, The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.”   When we pray and call God “Father”, the Holy Spirit does the same thing.  Paul lists nine character traits that the Holy Spirit produces in our life as believers, Galatians 5:22, 23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”  These are virtues that are shared when the Holy Spirit walks along with us.  The Holy Spirit bears and shares the burdens of life with us.

Final note:  Nothing is too hard for our Saviour.  Nothing takes Him by surprise.  Begin your day by reaffirming that in Christ you can overcome whatever the day may bring.  The thing that will keep us strong and help us move forward is knowing Christ is with us and the hope we have in Him will anchor us.  And how much better is life when you have three more people to love and watch over you…so much better!

If you do not know Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour, just open your heart and pray this little prayer, ask Him in and once you do, He will always see and hear you.