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In the eyes of the Lord
May 16, 2011
by Dr. Tom Rakow, pastor; Grace Bible Church of Silver Lake

Ten gobblers surrounded me. Some were strutting. Several were walking and feeding. A couple were laying down in the dust.

Periodically, a turkey would disappear over a knoll, but then, a few minutes later, its head would suddenly reappear on the horizon like a submarine periscope. It seemed turkey eyes were everywhere.

I was hunting with my longbow in South Dakota and crawling on my stomach through short brown grass in order to get a few yards closer to a large Merriam wild turkey. Every few minutes (when about a five-second window of opportunity presented itself), I scurried forward. However, it was hard to keep my eyes, on all those turkey eyes.

According to the Bible, God sees things that even 10 gobblers cannot. In the Old Testament book of Proverbs, we are told, “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3)

And in the New Testament, the writer of Hebrews reminds us, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13)

Do you realize that, right now, you are being watched?

Recently, I was in a convenience store. The clerk there told me that he had no intention of stealing anything – but pointing to a camera above, he said, “It bothers me to realize I am being watched.” How about you? Does it bother you to know you are being watched?

To King David, knowing that the Lord’s eyes were upon him was a source of great comfort. He declared, “your eyes saw my unformed body” (Psalm 139:16a). David knew that the Lord was watching – not to condemn him, but to help. He stated, “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry.” (Psalm 34:15)

In fact, when Samuel the prophet was called to anoint a new king, it was the Lord who saw things that Samuel could not. Samuel initially thought that David’s older brother was the man for this royal job. Nevertheless, the Lord stepped in and stopped Samuel from making the wrong decision.

He told Samuel, “ . . . The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7b)

Friend, the fact is, the Creator of the universe has been watching you your entire life. Yes, He knows about your sins and failures. Even so, He looks at you with eyes of love.

He has seen every tear that has ever cut its way across your cheek. He has observed every broken dream. He knows about each disappointment. Indeed, He sees what 10 gobblers can’t.

He sees the difference Jesus Christ would make in your life – if only you would receive Him. He wants to help you – even as He revealed to another Old Testament king, “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9a)

He is looking for an opportunity to help you. Will you let Him?