In the midst of this worldwide “shaking of all things,” what is God’s great concern? Is it the events in the Middle East? No! The Bible tells us God’s vision is trained on His children: “Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy” (Psalm 33:18).
Our Lord is aware of every move by every living thing on Earth. And yet His gaze is focused primarily on the well-being of His children. He fixes His eyes on the pain and needs of each member of His spiritual body. Simply put, whatever hurts us concerns Him.
To prove this to us, Jesus said, “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). Even in the midst of great world wars, God’s primary focus is not on the tyrants. His focus is on every circumstance in His children’s lives.
Christ says in the very next verse: “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father” (Matthew 10:29). In Christ’s day, sparrows were the meat of the poor and sold two for a penny. Yet, Jesus said, “Not one of these small creatures falls to the ground without your Father knowing it.”
Jesus’ use of the word “fall” in this verse signifies more than the bird’s death. The Aramaic meaning is “to light on the ground.” In other words, “fall” here indicates every little hop a tiny bird makes.
Christ is telling us, “Your Father’s eye is on the sparrow not just when it dies but even when it lights on the ground. As a sparrow learns to fly, it falls from the nest and begins to hop along the ground. God sees every little struggle it has and He is concerned over every detail of its life.”
Jesus then adds, “Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31). Indeed, He says, “The very hairs of your head are all numbered” (10:30). Simply put, the One who made and counted all the stars—who monitored every action of the Roman Empire and who keeps all the galaxies in the orbits—has His eye fixed on you. And, Jesus asks, “Are you not worth much more to Him?”
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon