Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Eyes of the Lord

Psalm 33:18, New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy,

1 Peter 3:12-18, (NKJV)

12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”  13 And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us[d] to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

Psalm 11:4, (NKJV)

The Lord is in His holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven;
His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.

Matthew 13:16, (NKJV)

16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear;
My Comments: This short study came about because of a painting I recently finished. As some of you know, around 2008 the Lord had me start painting and wanted Scripture placed on the art. Well, the painting I recently finished was of the ocean at sunset with the sun down on the horizon. I felt a nudge from the Lord that the sun was like an eye and the large wave had the eye in it as well so off to study Scripture to do with the eye. I only placed a few of the ones I studied and encourage you to look for more. If you do not have access to a Bible there are several sites where you may read for free. The main one I use is https://www.biblegateway.com
Our Lord came to earth to save us from our sin. He did this by taking on humanity and even being born in a lowly manger. He was raised by a carpenter and his Mother with brothers and sisters. When He was 33 years old His Ministry started and He called men to follow Him as He still calls each of us. In His Ministry He said, “He who does not take is cross and follow after Me is not worth of Me.” (Matthew 10:38). He did not say our way after being Born Again would be an easy one in fact if we are following Him our way will not be easy. Yet there is joy in it because we know where our true home is when we leave this world. You say, “What does this have to do with eyes and painting?
When I paint I use my eyes to see what I am doing and to make sure of the colors, balance and form. We all use our eyes to tell us what is around us or for reading or even to see what we are eating (that is if we have the gift of sight and then there are other ways of seeing but that is for another time). Now the Lord has eyes that see everything and He beholds everything and as the Scripture says His eyelids test the sons of men. Our eyelids do not test anything yet His test us. When we become His followers we learn to test things around us and even that which is in us. We walk closer to the Lord and as we do so, we become more discerning about what we say and do and who we are with in relationship. The closer our relationship to the Lord God Almighty the more we want to please Him by living righteously (not religiously or self-righteously) as He lived.
Our walk here though not perfect becomes Holier and we become more loving even to people who revile, curse or even harm us or our loved ones. We see this happening in Iran to those who are being raped, beaten, and even murdered because they refuse to renounce Jesus as their Savior. This has happened since Christ Jesus was Crucified on the Cross and it will get worse as the end times come closer yet we are called by Christ to hold tight to Him and love our enemies. His eye does not miss what happens to us nor can anything happen to us He does not allow ( I did not say He causes because that is not what always happens) yet He uses it all for our benefit and growth as well as for others (as He did for Joseph, Daniel and many others in the Bible and through out time). Because we are His we know this, accept this and when they happen we pray for our eyes to be open so we learn the lessons within any situation as well for us to be a source of praise for our Lord the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, our Creator God who is the I Am.
All of this did not go through my minds eye as I was nudged into noticing the eye of the sun and the eye of the wave yet  it did go through my minds eye as I searched the Scripture for what God wanted to use to reach His own and the lost. I pray you open your eyes to what God is showing you in your life and that as your eyes open so will your ears and your heart.
Abba Father, thank You for keeping Your eyes on the righteous. Thank You for Your inspirations. Open our eyes to see what You want us to see in the world around us, within us and what You want for us to do. Open the eyes of our hearts Lord so we will Love as You love and perceive where You are working and what You would have for us to do.
Lord Jesus, thank You for giving of Yourself completely and showing us how to be Holy as You are Holy. Thank You for calling us out and giving us Your heart for others even when they are harming us, reliving us or even worse. Keep our eyes on You Lord that we may not falter when the times get more than we can bear as we know You will and have bore them for us.
Holy Spirit, thank You for coming to fill us with Your knowledge, wisdom and understanding and discernment so that our eyes will always remain on the Lord Jesus and the purpose of God in our lives. Let us never lose sight of doing things for His glory and praise.
In Jesus precious name I pray in union with the Holy Spirit.  Amen.


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