Tag: 2 Chronicles 16:9

God’s amazing eyes!

Scripture reading for April 12: 2 Kings 13-17

Because God the Father is Spirit, He has the ability to see and know all things.  The writers of Scripture often speak of the “eyes” of the Lord.  God’s eyes are able to see in different ways than our eyes function.  His eyes are able to penetrate into the depths of our thoughts and motives.  His eyes see what we think we are doing in secret.  His eyes can see in the darkness as if it is daylight and no detail escapes Him.  His eyes are able to weigh good and evil and make righteous judgments.

As we read through the stories of the various kings of Israel and Judah, we have one of two remarks that are repeated time and again.  If the king was good, the writer states that “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord”. (2 Kings 15:3)  If the king was wicked, the writer states that “he did evil in the eyes of the Lord”. (2 Kings 15:9)  Those kings who obeyed the Lord and sought to walk in honor of Him were seen by the Lord and rewarded accordingly.  God’s eyes are always watching for those whose hearts are fully committed to Him so that He can show himself strong on their behalf.  (2 Chronicles 16:9)

We would also do well to remember the “eyes of the Lord”.  God is watching us as well!  David asked God to keep him as the  “apple of His eye”.  (Psalms 17:8)  God told Solomon that His eyes and heart would always be in the Temple he had built. (1st Kings 9:3)  We are now the living stones of the new Temple built by the greater son of David and Solomon!  God’s keeping eye is upon us today.  He looks in love upon us because of His Son.  He lives and dwells with us and in us by His Holy Spirit.  He is with us always to watch over His Word and bring it to pass in our lives as well.  Take a moment to look up today and thank God for his marvelous eyes! Cry out to Him in worship and for help to open the eyes of your heart.

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry;” Psalm 34:15

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God sees our heart!

Scripture reading for March 20: 1st Samuel 16-19

Our culture prizes youth, beauty, intelligence, power, and money!  We tend to judge people by what we see or know about their life.  Where do they live?  What kind of car do they drive?  Are they handsome or beautiful?  What position do they hold?  Who are their friends?  We are very driven by our senses and peer pressure.  But God sees things differently!

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance, or his height, for I have rejected him.  The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1st Samuel 16:7)

God is looking for a heart after God, a heart that will trust God and live by faith in His Word! (2nd Chronicles 16:9)  When we put God first, and not our “self”, He is pleased!   He is looking for a “humble and contrite” heart. (Isaiah 66:2)  He needs a heart that can be taught, corrected, and shaped for His habitation.  Jesus taught that only those who are pure in heart can see God.  (Matthew 5:8

Jesus Christ had the perfect heart!  He was fully sold out to God, his Father.  He did only what he saw His Father do and said only what He heard His father say!(John 5:19-20)  Jesus was humble of heart–and wants to teach us the same!  (Matthew 11:28-32)  Jesus was pure of heart–completely without sin!  He offered His own life on our behalf!  If we confess our sins to Him, He will cleanse us of our sins and all unrighteousness!  (1st John 1:9)  We can have a pure heart too!  We can learn from Him by receiving the Holy Spirit of Truth. 

Praise the Lord, God still looks at the heart!  Does He see Jesus Christ as Lord in your heart today?  How would you evaluate the state of your heart for being humble and teachable?

“The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in His hands.  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”  (John 3:35-36)

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