Through the Eyes of God

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In the Bible God is sometimes described with human characteristics. The Bible talks about the face of God, the ears of God and the eyes of God. Now God doesn’t really have ears or eyes like we humans do, because God is a spirit. But the Bible uses these figures of speech to give us a better understanding of who God is and what God is like.

If we study the Bible’s use of the eyes of God we find at least the following three truths.

First, God’s eyes are comprehensive. God sees everything that happens. Nothing is hidden from the eyes of God. Here are some verses that tell us God sees everything.

Job 34:21 “For God carefully watches the way people live; He sees everything they do.”

Proverbs 15:3 “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good.”

Hebrews 4:13 “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.”

What kind of God would God be if some things were hidden from His sight, if His eyes weren’t comprehensive? He would be inconsistent, questionable and unreliable. He would be a god we would have to inform of things. But the God of the Bible, the One true God, the Creator and Sustainer and Savior of this world, is nothing like that at all. God’s eyes are comprehensive.

Second, God’s eyes are caring. The Scriptures also tell us of God’s special care and concern that His eyes give to those who are His own. He sees everything, but He gives special attention to the righteous. God watches over His people with care.

2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.”

Job 36:7 “He does not take His eyes off the righteous.”

Psalm 34:15 “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous.”

Jesus’ makes the point that God can care for us with such great knowledge because He is paying very careful attention to those who are His. In Matthew 6:25-33 Jesus says that God cares for the birds of the air and for the lilies of the field, but much more cares for His own and provides everything we need physically and spiritually. God’s eyes are caring.

Third, God’s eyes are critical. The word critical means a careful and exact evaluation and judgment. In this case it’s a careful and exact evaluation and judgment of our lives. God’s eyes symbolize His assessment of human behavior. As God looks at us with His eyes He is evaluating and judging what He sees. How are we living? How are we measuring up to the standards that God has set for us? With His eyes He is evaluating and judging our lives.

Psalm 11:4 speaks of how God is observing people, “His eyes examine them.” Jeremiah 32:19 says the Lord’s eyes are open to all the ways of men, to reward everyone according to his conduct and as his deeds deserve.

The critical eyes of God look past the externals straight through to our hearts. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” God sees past what everyone else can’t see and knows where we really are in our relationship with Him. What our attitudes really are toward others. And where our heart is really leading us. You and I are masters at fooling other people, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can fool God. His eyes are making a careful & exact evaluation & judgment of our lives.

The eyes of God are comprehensive, caring and critical.