The Vigilant One

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I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye (Psalm 32:8). 

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? (Matthew 6:26).

Years ago the song, “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”, was a very popular hymn. Occasionally, this song can still be heard. Note a few of the lyrics:

          I sing because I’m happy;

          I sing because I’m free; 

          His eye is on the sparrow;

          And I know He watches me.

To some people, the idea of the Lord’s eyes watching us has a negative connotation. We have all heard people say, “God is watching you. He is going to bring the hammer down if you mess up.” Thankfully, there is more to the Lord watching us than this. Let’s look at it from the perspective that He is watching out for us.

Jesus was so clear on this issue. Our Heavenly Father watches out for sparrows and sees that they are fed. We are worth much more than sparrows, so we know He is watching out for us. He constantly takes care of us. To what extent does He do this?

It is certain that we need the Lord’s help throughout life’s journey. He teaches us the way we should go. Through prayer and consistent study of Scripture we can know how we are to live. While He is teaching us, He guides us with His eyes. God sees ahead and always knows what we are going to encounter. Nothing is a surprise to Him. 

Finally, we understand that His vigilance is unmatched. Daytime or nighttime makes no difference. Psalm 121:4 says, “Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” The God of Israel is our God as well. It is good to know we are secure in Him.


Dave Snyder is an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God – Cleveland, Tennessee. Before entering the ministry on a full-time basis, he was a school teacher. He also coached middle school basketball for eight years.

Dave and his wife, Sara, have two children  — Craig and Karen. They also have one ten year old granddaughter  — Breanna. 

Dave and Sara pastored in West Virginia for thirty-six years. Sara is now retired from the banking industry, and Dave is retired from pastoring. However, Dave currently serves as prison Chaplain for the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

Writing essays, articles, and devotionals is a real passion for Dave. He also enjoys playing musical instruments and singing.

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