Wednesday, July 17, 2013

God's Eye

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

I've often pondered this verse, wondering how it is that God can guide us with His eye.
How could that happen?

I think I got some enlightenment on it today,
during my time with the Lord.

My mind went to an illustration I heard a loved one give once
about the anointing of the Holy Spirit while preaching.
He said it is like listening to a radio.
As long as the knob is right on the station, there will be no static.
The sound will come in, loud and clear.
But, if you move the knob just a fraction to the left or the right,
the connection will be broken, and static will ensue,
making it difficult to hear clearly.

He said it is the same principle with preaching and staying within God's anointing.
You can feel and sense the instant you drift out of its range.
As long as you are being completely submissive to His leading,
you will know it.
Words will flow.
Communication between God's heart and your lips will be crystal-clear.
But, if you drift into the flesh, just a fraction,
if you begin to speak your own words, instead of His,
if you venture beyond what He is wanting you to say,
it will soon become apparent.

The only way to get back into His anointing is to allow Him to have His way
and stay fine-tuned to His Spirit's voice....
to leave off speaking things that are flesh-driven and self-motivated.

I think this same thought process is applicable to the thought
of God guiding us with His eye.

If each of us are completely honest with our own heart and conscience,
we individually know whether we are or are not pleasing God.

If we are walking in perfect, submissive obedience to Him,
the "eye" of His approval is upon us.
We are within the line of His vision that falls upon the clear path of His perfect will,
and we can feel that approval.

When we venture too far to the left or the right,
we begin to sense that.

It is immediately discerned....just like static on a radio station...
and our path becomes dark, dismal, and unclear in front of us.

Sometimes, we lean to our own understanding.
We tend to think God isn't moving quickly enough,
or we view His plan as being inferior to our own.
So, we drift beyond the center of His will,
leaving ourselves vulnerable and on the outside of the perimeters of His design.

To be completely within His will, we must walk in the light He continually shines.
This light originates from His "eye" shining down to illuminate and direct our steps.
Wandering our own way will lead us outside that light into darkness....
vulnerable and without His approval.

God's eyes never sleep.
They are continuously upon His children.

His vision of the future is crystal-clear.
He saw each one of us in the womb of our mother,
and from that point, He sees ahead of us right up to the point of our last breath of life.

He is the only One Who is safe to follow.
Only He is aware of satan's traps, pitfalls, and landmines.
He guides us, according to what He sees ahead of us.
We see only what we can see.
We question His will.
We challenge His direction.
When all along, He is doing what is absolutely best for us.

Remember, Balaam?
You can read all about him in the 22nd chapter of the Old Testament book of Numbers.
He was out of God's will.
He was walking in open rebellion to what God had instructed Him to do.
On his journey outside God's will,
an angel, holding a drawn sword, was placed in his path,
ready to destroy him and take his life.
Balaam couldn't see the angel,
so blinded was he....determined to plod forward contrary to God's direction.

God had already warned him not to take the path on which he was determined to go.
Balaam would not take heed.
He thought he knew better than God.

His rebellion and determination to take his own way
actually blinded Balaam's eyes to the peril in front of him.
The donkey upon which he rode was discerning enough to
see the angel in his path and drew back from proceeding.
Three times Balaam struck the animal, not understanding why
it didn't cooperate with his intentions.
God opened the mouth of the donkey, and it actually spoke,
in human intellect that Balaam could understand.
God opened his eyes, and, at last, he saw the angel
and understood why his donkey had wandered off the path,
gone into the field, and bowed down under him, refusing to take another step forward.

God was faithful to warn Balaam against taking the path he wanted to take.
But, the lure of riches offered to him to go against God's will
held more weight than the sweet assurance that pleasing God brings.

God is faithful to guide and direct our steps.
But, He has placed within us the capability of making our own choices.
He will guide us with the eye of His approval, making clear the path we are to take.
But, it is up to us to follow His direction.
He won't force us against our will.
We can choose to go our own way.
We can be so determined to do what we want to do
that we completely miss the sword-drawn angels God places in front of us.

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God..." Romans 3:23
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way..." Isaiah 53:6

When we stray from God's divine purpose for our lives,
we automatically put ourselves in a place of darkness.
It is a life of misery and unhappiness....void of the presence and light of God.

There is a place, fine-tuned, smack-dab in the center of God's perfect will.

A place where we are walking in total obedience,
and His approval is complete.
Living here, in this secret place,
is the most pleasant and peaceful and joyous way of life possible.
Staying in close proximity,
close enough to hide under His shadow,
is happiness in its entirety.

"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying,
I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
John 8:12

His "eye" will continually shine upon and illuminate the path ahead of us
in which we are to go.

We are the joy of God's heart.
Precious in His sight.
The apple of His eye.
"For the LORD'S portion is his people; 
Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
He found him in a desert land, 
and in the waste howling wilderness; 
he led him about, 
he instructed him, 
he kept him as the apple of his eye."
Deuteronomy 32:10

Where did God find you?

Were we not all in a spiritually-desert land?
In the waste howling wilderness of sin?
He leads each one of us about,
He instructs us,
and He keeps us as the apple of His eye....
that place that is most precious and dearly beloved to His heart.

That is where you are, my friend.
Where I am.
Dead-center in the tenderest of God's affections.

Eyes are windows to the soul.
They reveal what is on the inside.
God's eyes are full of compassion.
They do not miss a thing.
They watch as every tear falls,
every heart breaks,
every dream shatters,
and they enable Him to feel what we feel.

"For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers..."
I Peter 3:12

"The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry."
Psalm 34:15

If you find that you have ventured beyond the boundaries He has put in place for you,
if there is "static" in your communication with Him,
if nothing seems clear, and life is muddled,
if you discover that the light no longer shines upon your path,
if you have made unwise choices that have landed you in a place of darkness,
there is wonderful hope for you, my friend.

Realizing where you are is the first step in finding your way back.
God hasn't moved.
He is steadfast.

It is time for you to set your eye upon Him.

Jesus said, "The light of the body is the eye:
if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness.
If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!"
Matthew 6:22,23

Reference to the eye being "single" in this verse literally means,
"undivided focus, without a double agenda,
in which there is nothing complicated or confused".

Search for Him.
Let go of what you want to do,
and focus solely upon Him and His perfect will for your life.
Don't try to mix your own agenda with His.
Surrender your dreams, ideas, and aspirations to Him Who knows what is best for you...
Whose eye watches you continually and seeks out the safest, most prosperous avenue...for your life.
Correlate your eye...your line of vision....
with His.

It really isn't all that hard to find your way that fine-tuned place....
void of static and confusion.

He is right where you left Him.
Waiting for you.
With outstretched, open arms....
willing and merciful and forgiving.

Let your eye be single.
Search for Him with a clearly-defined focus...with all your heart.

"Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
Jeremiah 29:12,13

He will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.
He will guide you with His eye.


  1. Wonderful, my friend. It's pretty cool that God will guide us with His eye, and so amazing.

    Love you, Deborah

  2. It sure is, and to know that He will never leave us or forsake is brings such a comfort! I depend on Him SO much! Love you!