There is a fascinating statement in 2 Chronicles 16:9 that says, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him.” His eyes are constantly searching back and forth around the whole earth. What a dramatic picture of Father’s oversight of His creation, and especially of His children.
It is amazing what the Lord is able to see. David declared that He ‘saw’ his substance before he was fully formed in his mother’s womb, and all his days were written in His Book before yet there were any of them! He ‘sees’ the end from the beginning! (Ps. 139:16; Isa. 46:10))
There are other verses that give us a similar message:
“The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.” (Psalm 34:15)
“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers.” (1 Peter 3:12)
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go; I will guide (counsel) you with my eye (upon you).” (Psalm 32:8)
Eyes, the organs of sight, are one of the miraculous marvels of creation. Sight is one of our most precious gifts. We use our eyes for almost everything we do – reading, writing, working, traveling, watching television, playing games, and countless other activities, and we might fear blindness almost as much as any other disability. The human eyeball measures only about 1 inch in diameter. Yet the eye can see objects as far away as a star and as tiny as a grain of sand. The eye can quickly adjust its focus between a distant point and a near one. It can be accurately directed toward an object even while the head is moving.
However, with all of its miraculous abilities, the human eye is capable only of receiving light and, instead of actually seeing objects themselves, it sees only the light they reflect. But the eyes of the Lord are entirely different than any others. They not only receive reflections, but also shed forth Divine light wherever they turn, as lamps of fire. John, in the revelation he had of Jesus Christ, describes His eyes as being “like a flame of fire.” (Rev. 1:14; 2:18; 19:12) His eyes are “the eyes of holiness, the eyes of infinite discernment, the eyes of depthless love…They descend into the depths of the spirit, the candle of the Lord, to search out and make known” what is the innermost thoughts and intents of the heart. “Neither is there any creature that is not apparent in His sight, but all things are uncovered and opened to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.” (Heb. 4:13,14)
The writer to the Hebrews goes on to remind us that we have a great High Priest, Jesus, the Son of God, Who feels our infirmities, knows our weaknesses and ‘sees’ all our needs.. And he encourages us to “come boldly to the throne of Grace that we may obtain Mercy, and find Grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:16)
I am reminded of Hagar who, because Sarai, her mistress, dealt harshly with her, had fled with her son, Ishmael. (Gen. 16) The Lord found her wandering in the wilderness and, in His mercy, assured her of His provision and purpose for her and her son. Her response was to call His name “A God Who Sees.” Literally, “A God of Vision.” Our God is truly a God of Vision, an Infinite God Whose eyes behold the ways of man, and He examines all his goings. (Prov. 5:21)
A God of Vision is our God, Who sees and knows all things,
Who searches out the thoughts of man, and to the open brings
the hidden intents of the heart.
He finds us in the wilderness of our own flight, astray;
He sees and knows our deepest need; our sense of castaway,
and offers us His loving grace.
His eyes are always on His own; He sees our every need;
His ears are open to our cry; He listens as we plead
for strength to stand when we are weak.
He will instruct and teach us in the way that we should go;
With His counsel He will guide us; His eye with loving glow
will set our spirits all aflame.
(Eulene H. Moores, 2004)
“Behold, the eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear Him, upon those who HOPE in His mercy.” (Ps. 33:18)
“Now the God of all HOPE fill you with all Joy and Peace in the believing, that you may abound in HOPE, through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
In Agape, Eulene