The Eyes of the Lord (Proverbs 5:21)
Proverbs 5:21, For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
God sees you. His eyes “pondereth all his goings”. He doesn’t miss a single detail of your life. He hears your conversations with others. He knows your unspoken fears. Your ways are “before the eyes of the LORD.”
Three examples of God seeing evil:
1. Adam and Eve (Genesis 3).
2. Achan and his sin (Joshua 7).
3. Belshazzar (Daniel 5).
Three examples of God seeing good:
1. Abraham (Genesis).
2. Joseph (Genesis 39).
3. Jesus Christ (Acts 10:38).
When the Bible speaks of the eyes of God, what does that mean?
1. The Eyes of the Lord are Inescapable (Proverbs 15:3).
Proverbs 15:3, The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. He sees all. Praise God, He sees all the good we do. This is a great motivator for all of us to continue to do good. He records, He remembers, and He rewards all the good that we do.
2. The Eyes of the Lord are the Icon for What’s Right and True.
The Word of God instructs us in Deuteronomy 6:18, “And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee...” Throughout the Old Testament, individual kings were under His gaze. The Scriptures declare that some “…did that which was right in the sight of the LORD…” (II Kings 14:3), while others did not.
3. The Eyes of the Lord are Interested in His Own (I Peter 3:12).
I Peter 3:12, For the eyes of the LORD are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the LORD is against them that do evil. While God sees everything on earth, He has fixed His attention on the lives of His children and to extend loving care toward us.
All this begs the question—why is God watching you? And not only is God watching, His eyes are tenderly focused on you. Here’s why: Isaiah 43:4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.” He watches you because He loves you.
Of the seven billion people on this planet, you are precious to God. Being precious to God is better than being intrinsically valuable. If God’s love for you hinged on your inherit value, then His love would have to change when you forfeit that value. But God’s love is unchanging—He declares you precious because He chooses to love you. And because your preciousness begins and ends with God, that will never change either.
You don’t have value; you are valued. Ephesians 1:4–5, According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. You didn’t earn or deserve your value, so you can’t lose or forfeit it. God has declared you precious in His sight. Rather than thinking, I have value, believe instead, I am valued. I am precious to God. Fix your eyes on that today.
Prayer, Father God, I need not fear Your observation. You focus on me and know every detail of my life. Not only do You see me, but You also value me. Remind me of these truths, when my heart starts to waver, when I doubt my worth in Your sight. Thank You that I can never lose Your love. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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