I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you, I will give counsel. (Ps 32:8 HCSB)
God has made a promise to guide His children. He does not want us stumbling through life, making mistakes that can cause us great harm and damage. He wants to guide us and He is able to do so, if we are willing to listen.
Perhaps many of you will remember the story of Elijah who received the Lord’s guidance in a rather unusual way. After defeating the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel, wicked Jezebel threatened Elijah’s life and caused the prophet to run for fear and to hide in a cave in the wilderness. As Elijah sat there, discouraged and depressed, the Lord spoke to him; yet the Lord did not do so in a way that many of us might imagine. The Bible says that the Lord spoke to His servant in something as simple and insignificant as a ‘still small voice.’ Though God was able to produce great winds, earthquakes and fires, He did not use any of these to reveal Himself and His will to His prophet. Instead God chose a way that required Elijah to be still and intently focused.
David says that the Lord will guide us ‘with His eye.’ I have thought much about that and wondered what it means. Charles Spurgeon said that all the attentive servant needs from his Master is a wink or a nod. Perhaps the reason the Lord wants to guide us with His eye is because He wants above all else to have a personal relationship with us.
Throughout the Bible we find the command over and over again to seek God’s face.
- 1Ch 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
- Ps 27:8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
- Ps 105:4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
We know that none of us will ever actually see God’s face. The Bible says that no man can look upon God’s face and live. Yet at the same time we are commanded to seek His face. How do we seek the face of Him we cannot see?
To seek God’s face and to be guided by His eye means that we have a very close relationship with Him and by His grace we are invited to come into His presence. It is a ‘knowing’ in our heart that assures us that He is with us and will guide us along the way. It is often said that we know some people so well that we can read their mind simply by looking at their face. What a blessing it would be to have such a relationship with the Lord that He would be able to guide us by the glimmer of His eye.