Guest Author - LeeAnn Bonds
If I want to teach you how to get from Seattle to Syracuse, I will get out a map and ask you to watch the squiggly lines as I show you the best route. If you’re showing someone the way across town, you point out landmarks and where to turn, and they look where you’re pointing.
God does things differently. In Psalm 32, God inspired David to write “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” We have His word for the listening part of learning. But for the guiding in which way to go—are you paying attention?—we have to be looking at God. He will guide us with His eye, so we have to be watching His eyes to see where He’s looking.
What do we see when we look at God’s eyes? Well, in Matthew chapter six Jesus tells us that the eye is the lamp of the body, and if your eye is good (clear, healthy), then your whole body will be full of light. Now that’s kind of a mind-blowing picture, especially if you transfer that to looking into God’s eyes! What eyes could be more good, clear, and healthy than God’s? Therefore He is full of light (and in Him is no darkness at all). And David says in Psalm 36, speaking to God, that “in Your light we see light.” We need light to see anything at all. To see things clearly, with no shadow or blurriness, use the best light: look at God. Look into His eyes, which are full of light, illuminating everything there is to see, visible and invisible, on Earth and in Heaven.
Oh, there are so many directions to go from there! But I want to stick to my original point, so back to Psalm 32:8, where we’re watching God’s eyes to see where they are looking, so we can be guided by that.
Where do God’s eyes look?
"For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him." 2 Chronicles 16:9 My heart is loyal to Him, so He is looking about for ways to show Himself strong on my behalf. I could contemplate that verse for hours!
In Ezekiel 22:30 God tells us that sometimes He is looking for people to ‘stand in the gap,’ meaning to intercede in prayer, to influence what He’s going to do. I fervently hope that I will be looking at God at those times, so that I can see where He’s looking…then I will know what He wants me to pray about.
Take a minute and read Job 28, then come back. Job explains in this chapter the difference between how men see, and how God sees. Men blast holes in the dark earth and shine torches to find gold and gems. God looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything as He rules His creation, makes natural laws and prepares wisdom for us. Therefore, to get a true understanding of the natural world and spiritual wisdom worth more than gold and gems, LOOK AT GOD. In His light we see light. All truth will be illuminated in His eyes, and by looking where He directs.
How do you watch God’s eyes? The same way you hear God…by reading His word which tells us about His character, what He cares about, what is true, what He desires from us. And by praying: turn your eyes upon Jesus, tell Him about your troubles, ask Him for help and beg Him for wisdom, and don’t look away or stop praying until you get that guiding in the way you should go.
I encourage you to notice verses about eyes as you read your Bible this week. The Scriptures are from God, who is full of light, remember? So each verse will shed a little more light on the Way.