HIS EYES and Ours

In the beginning …

 

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“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.”  (Genesis 1:31a)  Imagine how God’s creation was in the beginning, what pleasure each aspect of it must have given to the Trinity.  In light of that thought, how much more tragic the fall of man is, to think that our all-wise, all-loving God was robbed now of the pleasure He could have had in His workmanship.  Yet there was still a means of bringing Him joy, despite the now steadily deteriorating condition of mankind.  Who would believe Him, take Him at His Word, trust His Character that He would do as He has said?  He saw such a one in Noah, who “found Grace in the eyes of the Lord.” (Gen.6:8)  But now think of each one of His children, whom He fashioned and formed in His Mind in Eternity Past, seeing every part of our being inside and out, every detail of our lives, before we were even conceived!  Psalm 139:16 says “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed, and in Your Book they all were written.”  It was a finished work in God’s heart and eyes, before ever the Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed on the Cross, “It is finished!”  ” … He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in Love,” (Ephesians 1:4)  He made sure that there would be nothing obstructing His vision in beholding us, which meant that there could be no trace of sin and guilt attached to us.  So He got rid of it … even before we were born!

 

Pure Eyes …

 

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“You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look upon wickedness …”  (Habakkuk 1:13)  God is all-seeing, all-knowing, but He doesn’t gaze with His eyes upon all that He is aware of.  Yes, He is Omniscient – of evil and of good – but His eyes only search then rest upon that which is righteous (Psalm 34:15a).  This is why He had to completely wipe out the existing life on earth in Noah’s time – minus the eight righteous ones in the Ark – and then totally remove us from sin and guilt by making us holy:  “Your way, O Lord, is in the sanctuary [in holiness, away from sin and guilt].” (Psalm 77:13)  He placed us permanently in the Righteous One, His Son, so that He sees us only in Christ – indeed, He simply sees Christ, the Holy, Righteous, Blameless One!  And when we do sin, we have an instant provision in I John 1:9 to be cleansed of ALL unrighteousness:  the precious Blood of the Lamb of God, which also “purges our consciences of all dead works …” (Heb.9:14).

 

Active eyes …

 

“The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout all the earth to show Himself strong in behalf of those whose hearts are blameless toward Him.”  (II Chronicles 16:9)  By faith, this is all the time for us, because when we sin and our hearts feel far from blameless, we have an immediate provision, as mentioned above, and our hearts are instantly purified through faith in what the Lord Jesus has done with our sin (Acts 15:9).  Another indication of how active the Lord’s eyes are is found in Matthew 10:29,31 which says that ” … not one of them [little sparrows] will fall to the ground without your Father’s consent and notice … Fear not, then;  you are of greater value than many sparrows”.  Little sparrows, which so few will even glance at, let alone gaze upon, He sees, He looks at them, He’s occupied with them.  How much more us, Who have been adopted by Him into His family, chosen to be the  Bride of His Son?!  Actually, it is impossible for God not to gaze upon us because He has made us to be “the apple of His eye” (Zeph.2:8; Deut.32:10; Psa.17:8)!  He doesn’t just see us “in passing”;  His focus is upon us, He is gazing intently upon us.  Psalm 32:8b tells us that He also will counsel us “with My eye upon you.”   We are 100% the object of His interest, of His Love, of His care.

 

Doves’ eyes …

 

We learn in Song of Solomon 5:12 that “His eyes are like doves’ eyes”.  Small wonder, being that this amazing God of ours IS LOVE.  He is the God of all Grace and of all comfort.  He is the Father of mercies.  He is the forgiving God.  Here we will interject that, yes, He is a God of Justice, Holy and Righteous, and in Revelation 1:14, the Word of God declares that “His eyes are like a flame of fire”.  He poured out His wrath against all unrighteousness upon His Son, once and for all, on the Cross, so that sin never had to separate man from Him again or be an issue to keep people from spending all Eternity with Him.  Furthermore,  we see in Revelation that He will pour out His wrath again, burning up all evil, with one look of His eyes, but sin will not be targeted;  evil will.  But for this writing, we are focusing on what His eyes are focused on:  His redeemed ones, us!

 

Some who saw those Eyes …

 

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Many of God’s children are so eager to look into the Eyes of the Lord … and by faith we do!  But we read of some in the Word of God who did indeed look into those Eyes.  Perhaps Peter’s story is the most poignant and well-known.  After he had denied the Lord three times, a distraught Peter suddenly found himself looking into what were undoubtedly loving, forgiving, merciful Eyes as Jesus passed by, bound and being led to unconscionable scourging;    ” … the Lord turned and looked at Peter.  And Peter recalled the Lord’s words, … Before the cock crows today, you will deny Me three times.” (Luke 22:61,62)   But those were doves’ Eyes that Peter looked into, not demon eyes, and he went out and wept bitterly.  It was unconditional Love expressed in those Eyes that broke the disciple.

Then there was Mary and the Apostle John,  who saw those precious Eyes not long after Peter did, still, despite unimaginable suffering, undoubtedly filled with unimaginable Love:  ” … Jesus, seeing His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing near said to His mother, ‘Dear woman, See [here’s] your son!’  Then to the disciple, ‘See, here’s your mother.'”  What an incentive for us as well to draw near to the Cross and have our eyes on Him (Psalm 141:8), knowing, by faith, that His Eyes are upon us always.

 

Our eyes …

 

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Let’s consider how the Lord, our Bridegroom-to-be, regards our eyes.  “Behold, you are beautiful, My love!  Behold, you are beautiful!  You have doves’ eyes!” (Song of Solomon 1:15)  “You have ravished My heart and given Me courage, My sister, My promised Bride;  you have ravished My heart and given Me courage with one look from your eyes …” (Song of Sol. 4:9)  Remembering that “the eyes are the windows of the soul” we know that this was not a matter of physical beauty but rather of the heart and soul of His Bride-to-be that so enraptured her Beloved.   Then in chapter six verse five, He exclaims, “Turn away your flashing eyes from Me, for they have overcome Me!”  These piercing words of Love from the King to the Shulammite, from the Shepherd to the maiden, from the Beloved to His betrothed, how they motivate us to set the Lord before our faces, by faith gazing into those Eyes!  David, the father of the author of this unusual book in the Bible, practiced doing just that …

 

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full into His wonderful Face …”

 

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Then of course, “the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His Glory and Grace.”!  In Psalm 16:8 David declares “I have set the Lord continually before me; … “.  Furthermore, because  the lovingkindness of the Lord was continually “before his eyes, “the sweet psalmist” fearlessly dared to invite Him to “examine me … and prove me;  test my heart and my mind.” (Psalm 26:2,3)   When the psalmist was in trouble in Psalm 121 he knew what to do, to Whom to turn:  “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills;  where does my help come from?  It comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.”  (verses 1,2)  Then in Psalm 123 we hear David again declaring his dependence on the Lord:  “Unto You do I lift up my eyes, O You enthroned in Heaven.  Behold, as the eyes of  servants look to the hand of their master, and as the eyes of  a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord, our God, till He has mercy and lovingkindness for us.” (verses 1,2)   Finally, perhaps one of the most-quoted verses of the Old Testament, personally and publicly, by those who have discovered it, resonates in our spirit that this is indeed what we, too, must do:  “We know not what to do but our eyes are upon You.” (II Chronicles 20:12)

 

 His Eyes on us, and ours on Him…

 

Imagine the beauty, even the power, when our eyes are on Him and His on ours at the same time … the exchange of Divine, immeasurable Love!  Of course, His Eyes are eternally locked onto us, but as we choose to look unto Him for all that we need, all we desire, we like David will be  immovable;  and like Moses, we will hold staunchly to our eternal purpose and endure steadfastly as we “gaze upon Him Who is invisible.” (Hebrews 11:27)   But most importantly, we can be assured that as our eyes of faith are upon Him, He is not only pleased but ravished with even one look of pure, unwavering faith in Who He is and in what He thinks of us.  Let us receive Grace continually to afford Him this delight!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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