The human eye is a fascinating object. The eye is basically a camera that allows the brain to get a picture of the world around us. It takes a picture (actually two pictures) and sends that picture to the brain for processing. The brain then uses that picture in various ways.
Without that picture, our world would be very different. We could not be able to read a book or drive a car. We could never throw a football with a friend, or shoot a basketball in a hoop. We could never see the precious cheeks of a little baby, or appreciate a beautiful sunset. We could never know what the colors blue or green look like. We could never see the proud look on our parents’ faces when we graduated from high school, or the tears in their eyes on the day we got married.
Thank God for our eyes! We use them all the time, and they work so well that we give little thought to them and even take them for granted. They are wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), and they do wonderful things!
But despite all we can see with our eyes, there are limitations we must consider.
a. For example, with our eyes we can only see what is before us. Despite what our moms may have told us growing up, no person has eyes in the back of their head. I cannot see where you are or what you are doing right now as you read this article. I cannot see what you do behind closed doors, and neither can you with me.
b. Sometimes our vision is not as good as it should be and we need corrective lenses (glasses or contact lenses).
c. Typically as we grow older in our life our vision gets weaker and we can’t see like we once could (Ecclesiastes 12:1-4). Maybe we begin to need reading glasses.
Our eyes are powerful objectives but they are by no means indestructible. They certainly don’t begin to compare to the eyes of God. Unlike us humans, God’s vision is not limited. God can see everything going on with us all the time (Proverbs 15:3; Hebrews 4:12). There is not place we can go to escape the all-seeing eyes of God (Psalm 139:7-12). God doesn’t need corrective lenses because His vision is always perfect. His vision never weakens because He is perfect and eternal (Psalm 90:2). He is even able to see and read our hearts (1 Kings 8:39; Acts 1:24; John 2:24-25)!
In your prayers today thank God for your eyes because without them you would not be able to gaze upon the wonderful things He has made. Also, ask God to help you be more mindful of His all-seeing eyes. Ask God to help you be more like Joseph. Joseph understood that God could see everything and this led him to avoid having an affair with Potiphar’s wife (Genesis 39:9). When we are more aware of God’s ability to see all, it will help live godly lives all the time because we understand God is always holding us accountable for our actions.
As God observes your current life, what does He see? Does He see someone who loves Him and is striving to serve Him with all their heart? Or, does He see someone who is consumed with the world and has put Him and His will on the backburner? Let us always make it our ambition to be found pleasing in the eyes of our Creator (2 Corinthians 5:9).
– Shawn Jeffries