We usually don’t pay much attention to our eyes. We wash the sleep from them in the morning. Wipe sweat from them in the heat of the day. Rub them at night when we are tired. We pay closer attention to them, however, when we have trouble with them. Problems with vision may cause a trip to the Optometrist. Glasses or contacts may solve some problems, but macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts may plague our vision.
The Bible says a lot about vision. Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened after partaking of the forbidden fruit. Noah found “grace in the eyes of the Lord” and was spared from the great flood. Isaac’s eyes were dim. Leah had weak eyes. The Lord opened Balaam’s eyes to see His angel. Isaiah proclaimed his eyes had seen the “the King, the Lord Almighty.” Simeon declared he had seen God’s salvation in the face of the young Christ-Child. The Emmaus Road travelers had their eyes opened to their traveling Companion. Jesus reminded us to open our eyes to see the ripened harvest. Eyes and vision are important.
The Bible reveals God has His eyes on us. The Lord promises Israel for their obedience and doing what is right in His eyes, they would be blest. Sadly, a repetitive Biblical theme is that the people of God, including their leaders often did evil in the eyes of the Lord. Psalm 33:18 promises, “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.” Thus, the Bible reminds us to keep our vision on the Lord for the Lord is watching us.
Psalm 121 speaks of God’s watchful care. “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth” vss.1-2. Our help comes from a higher, greater Source. The Psalmist declares, when we look up, our help comes from our Creator, Maker of the mountains of this earth and the stars of heaven.
“He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” vss. 3-4. God’s eyes do not close. Not even for a cat nap. His watchful care helps prevent life-slippage.
“The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night,” vss.5-6. God’s eyes are not blinded by the sun’s brightness. Nor does the darkness of night conceal anything from Him. Why? “The Lord watches over you. . .”
“The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life,” vs. 7. God keeps watch over us from all harm. Throughout life, God provides His vigilant, watchful care.
“The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Vs. 8. We are constantly coming and going, and with each breath we breathe, each step we take, each moment of life: God is with us. He is the God who is watching over us.
Suggested Hymn: Be Thou My Vision
Rev. Rodney C. Lindsay – Calvary Church of the Nazarene – Charleston, SC