December 7, 2014

The Eyes of the Lord – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.” Then Asa was angry with the seer and put him in prison, for he was enraged at him for this…” (II Chronicles 16:9-10)

Since God is Spirit (John 4:24) and is everywhere, we understand the question, “How can such a God have eyes?” They must be very different from our own. The reality is, however, that the Bible frequently refers to God’s eyes. In fact, this phrase, “the eyes of the LORD,” occurs no less than eleven times in the New American Standard Version (twenty one times in the King James Version.)

While this is hard to understand, when we realize that He designed and created our eyes, we should know certainly, that He can see. As David expressed it,
“He that formed the eye, does He not see?” (Psalm 94:9).
We may not be able to understand the seeing mechanism of spiritual eyes, nevertheless, we should know that He knows.

“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3).

In our text, the prophet Hanani is confronting king Asa for making a treaty with an idolatrous king, in order to protect Israel. The prophet Hanani reminded the king that God saw Israel’s need in the past and provided powerful provision. Therefore, the eyes of God could see what was happening now. The king should have known this. “You have acted foolishly in this.” His failure to remember that God could see, caused God to destroy Asa, “Because you have relied on the king of Aram and have not relied on the LORD your God,…” (II Chronicles 16:7). Asa knew this, but did not like being reminded. “Asa was angry with the seer and put him in prison, for he was enraged at him for this.” It may be comfortable to think God can’t see, but it is still foolish.

When man forgot that God could see, the world became wicked. We are reminded…

“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5).

Yet God could still see righteous Noah.

“Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.” (Genesis 6:8)

As a result, he and his family were saved through the awful worldwide Flood.
The prophet Zechariah reminds us not to “despise the day of small things,” for they will be observed by “the eyes of the LORD, which range to and fro throughout the earth” (Zechariah 4:10).

“The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry. The face of the LORD is against evildoers,…” (Psalms 34:15-16; I Peter 3:12)

The numerous names of God, found throughout the Bible, are used to describe His divine attributes. Hagar, Sarai’s maid is deserted, alone and facing death in the desert, when an angel from God appears and makes amazing promises to her regarding her soon to be born son. She responds using a name for God that reveals her faith in those promises. The name is translated, “You are a God who sees.” (Genesis 16:13)
Our feelings may suggest to us, from time to time, that we are alone, but those emotions are deceitful. It is not so. We serve a God who sees. Remember, and act like it.

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris.

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