The Comforting Eyes of Jesus
The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. -2 Chronicles 16:9, emphasis added
David certainly experienced "the eyes of the Lord" that continually watched over him! His life tells us much about the ever-present comforting eyes of the Lord when we feel alone and afraid. It seems that everywhere David turned there was trouble. His brothers did not like him; his father, Jesse, did not think much of him either. When the prophet Samuel came and asked to see his sons, his father did not even consider David to be one of them-he had left David out in the field with the sheep!
After God anointed David, he still had to take care of the animals; he was not honored at all. When he became king, he continued to have a multitude of problems; enemies everywhere were trying to kill him. Trouble was around every bend in his life. In light of all David's imperfections, failures, and blatant sins, why did God call him "a man after My own heart" (Acts 13:22)? We find the secret in Psalms 139. David lived in constant awareness that God was watching him.
Look at the eyes of Jesus that were on David: O Lord, You have searched me and known me. . . . You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. . . . You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me (Psalms 139:1-5, emphasis added).
Do you understand what that passage means? God says that He is right there with you, and that He surrounds you! He already knows about all the days of your life: Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them (Psalms 139:16, emphasis added). What a comfort!
That is why God says in Hebrews 9:27 that it is appointed unto us once to die. Because of that, we can rest in the fact that we will not die accidentally or before our time! Why? Unless the Rapture occurs first, we each have a God-appointed time for Jesus to meet us and take us home. That is both a wonder and a comfort!
You can find confidence in Christ. In Psalms 139:23-24, David asked the Lord to show him why he felt anxious. Basically, this is what he said: "What do I fear when You have told me not to fear? What am I focusing on that I should not be? Turn me from any wicked way, Lord, and help me to follow Your way alone!"
Since God knows how we are made, He knows both our changeable and unchangeable features. He is thus never caught off guard by our weaknesses, anxieties, and fears. As we open up to Him, like David, we will realize that God sees us, and that He will help us walk confidently in the everlasting way. The Bible says, The wicked flee when no one pursues but the righteous are bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1). God wants us to be boldly confident, and not fearful. He is watching over us to give comfort and confidence, and He knows every step of our way!
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