Daily Readings & Thought for April 5th. “THE EYES OF THE LORD”
Today’s readings.. (Numbers 20,21), (Proverbs 15), (Ephesians 1,2)
Chapter 15 in Proverbs has many ‘powerful’ verses. The third verse is one of them, “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and on the good.” Our chapters in Moses’ book of Numbers illustrates how the LORD was watching over Israel as they moved closer to the promised land, but those who were not conscious of his all-seeing eyes perished because of their lack of godliness, although the end of their journeys was coming into sight.
Our Ephesians reading uses the word “eyes” in a most interesting, indeed, challenging way! Paul commends the believers there, “I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints (i.e. fellow-believers) …. remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, and what are the riches of his glorious inheritance …” [1 v.15-18] This is more than intellectual ‘knowing.’
Do our “hearts” have “eyes” to see the unseen presence of God? Do we really believe in the power of prayer? If we do not have “eyes” of this nature- then we do not really know “the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe” [v.19]
Returning to Proverbs we need to meditate on the positive, indeed powerful ways of thinking described there. “A gentle (or healing) tongue is a tree of life” (v.4) “The lips of the wise spread knowledge” (v.7), that is, knowledge of God. “Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure …” (v.16) “He who is slow to anger quiets contention” (v.18) “The ear that listens to life giving reproof will dwell among the wise” (v.31)
And the final verse, “The fear (awe) of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honour.” All who follow such principles as these in their lives are surely aware that “the eyes of the LORD are in every place”