“But the Lord‘s portion is his people,
Jacob his allotted heritage.
He found him in a desert land,
and in the howling waste of the wilderness;
he encircled him, he cared for him,
he kept him as the apple of his eye.
Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
bearing them on its pinions,
the Lord alone guided him,
no foreign god was with him.
He made him ride on the high places of the land,
and he ate the produce of the field,
and he suckled him with honey out of the rock,
and oil out of the flinty rock.” Deuteronomy 32:9-13;
“He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous.” “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” “The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry. The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.” Job 36:7; Psalm 33:18,22; 34:15-16
We cannot see ahead, except with speculation, tinged with hope. We know not what the future holds because all we thought we’d planned has been turned topsy-turvy and there are few tangible certainties in the weeks to come. We cannot discern what all God is doing in the cloud of chaos that has become our world as we knew it. When our sight is limited, we can take great comfort in knowing God’s eye is not only all-seeing and all-knowing, but it is on us, and that for good.
The Lord’s good might be defined differently now from how we defined good two months ago, but His is better and sure and longer-lasting. He looks on us lovingly, carefully, protectively, compassionately. His eye sees not only the inward churning of our hearts, the meandering pathways of our thinking, but also what He intends to make of us. He fixes His sight on us as His treasured children whom He is refining, transforming, and sanctifying. He sets His eye on His fixed word and His full plans to perform them on behalf of His people. (Psalm 119:89; 145:17; Jeremiah 1:12)
Could it be that our very life tossling, the upturn of employment, accounts, calendars, communication, is to make us aware of God’s vision for us, and to train in us a loftier perspective in and of everyday things? How is our own vision changing? Are there new ways we see and comprehend God’s will through His stirring of ours? In all our prognostications, are we applying a divine or eternal perspective, a higher cause and effect? Do we recognize the spiritual battle raging invisibly but powerfully above the daily fray? (Ephesians 6:12)
“Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires e’er have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?” ~Joachim Neander (1650-1680)
My God, Your sight is perfect and You hold me in it. May I delight in knowing Your eye is upon me, and yield my vision to Yours for ultimate good.