THE EYE OF THE LORD Andy Hollifield 12-30-16 Rewrite 12-30-2019
I had mentioned a few days ago that I would probably write about the eye of the lord one day. Well, today is the day. What could me more encouraging to a believing saint than to know your God has his eyes on you at all times? Even lost sinners should be happy that God still has his eyes on them because if he didn’t, Satan would have long ago destroyed them giving them a home in hell. Thank God that he “delighteth in mercy” (Micah 7:18) and not judgement. The phrase “eye of the Lord” is mentioned one time in the bible in Psalms 33:18 “Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon those that hope in his mercy;” Truly he is our ONLY hope. The apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:19 “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” I am glad my hope in him goes beyond this life and into death and beyond because his eye is on me. In Zechariah 2:8 it says “…for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.” He said that to Israel because they are his chosen people but by the blood of Jesus we have been made part of the family of God so it applies to us as well. We’re his pick! The “eyes of the Lord” appears 22 times including one time in the New Testament. 1 Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.” Peter was quoting Psalms 34:15 when he wrote that down. Proverbs 5:21 “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings.” Proverbs 15:13 “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” I wrote recently about the concept of “nothing is hid from the Lord”. That verse sums it up pretty good doesn’t it? 1 Samuel 16:7 says “…for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” Psalms 33:13 says “The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.” He sees us all at once all the time.
I could go on and on with scriptures that pertain to God watching over us. It is such a comfort especially in time of distress, that he sees us where we are and he “delighteth in mercy.” Jonah said in so many words that there is no where you can go that God isn’t already there. He was in our yesterdays before we got there and he is already in our tomorrows before we get there. That’s why the Psalmist David said in Psalms 139:8 “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold thou art there.” He didn’t say he would come, he said he was already there.
Just to highlight a few times that God has seen his people in distress, I think back to Genesis 16 where he seen Hagar in the wilderness and spoke to her both before and years later after she had Ishmael. Before that, he told Noah to build an ark and put the window in it “above”. Not so he could look in on Noah but so Noah could look up at him. Notice also, there was only one window in that ark. That tells me there wasn’t but one direction Noah needed to be looking. On over in Genesis we find Abraham on the mountain with Isaac and the Lord seen him and had his angel speak to him not to harm his son. We have talked at length how that he kept his eye on Joseph and used the evil deeds of his brothers to bring good to all his family. He even sees when we are disobedient and don’t want him looking. He saw Eve talking to the serpent and later offer the forbidden fruit to Adam. He saw both of them sin but yet allowed them to make that decision. He saw Samson lay his head on Delilah’s lap after having told her the secret of his strength and allowed her to cut his hair. He saw David on the housetop when he should have been in battle with his men, and saw him lusting after Bathsheba. He saw all that he done and even allowed him to commit murder to try to cover his sin. He had seen him as a young man crossing the brook and pick up five smooth stones and slay Goliath and yet after all that; David sinned against God.
How many times has he seen us fail and come short of his glory and sin against him and allow us to make those decisions? All the while standing by waiting and wanting to help us if we would only ask him to. How many times has he seen us in our storms when the waves dashed high and we feared for our lives and commanded the waves around us to be still? How many times have we been thrown to the lions only to find they had no appetite for us? How many times have we went into the fire only to find out he was already there waiting for us to get there? How many times have we been sure we were going to perish and thought he must not care because he wasn’t all worried like we were only to see him tell the wind to be still? My point is simply this: He sees you where you are! It doesn’t get too dark for him or too boisterous, or too far away, or too loud for him to speak over it. We don’t get so deep in our sea of despair that he can’t see us and hear us when we cry out to him. After all, you are the “apple of his eye”. He delighteth in mercy! He looketh on the heart and knows your intents and your fears before you do.
None of us know what we will face in 2019 or if we will even get there or not. But if we do, rest assured that we won’t face anything that he doesn’t allow. Nothing that he hasn’t already seen and nothing that he won’t give us the grace we need to get through. Unlike us when we were children; you won’t never get out of your Father’s sight even for a second. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!