God has eyes; He is not blind. Second Chronicles 16:9 tells us that God is looking for someone whose heart is completely toward Him. He searches our hearts (see Jeremiah 17:10). Given that we were created in His image, we have eyes, and so does He. Certainly, His eyes see infinitely more than ours! We see but He sees into and beyond, and He is looking for a person whose inner motivation is to serve Him.
Psalm 32:8 says “He will guide us with His eye.” Of course, we cannot yet look into His eyes, but we can look where He is looking. The Holy Spirit is focused where God is focused. So, when the Holy Spirit leads, that is where God is looking.
Servants look to the overseer’s eyes and respond to “eye direction.” A less sensitive servant will receive verbal instruction. A rebellious servant will be guided by his hand. It is much better to be guided by his eye. Even my dog knows that…sometimes.
One of the most famous Gospel hymns is “His Eye is on the Sparrow” (by Civilla Martin and Charles Gabriel). This hymn is based upon Matthew 6:26 and Matthew 10:29. God watches even the birds and knows even the number of hairs on our heads. This gives us an amazing clue as to the acuteness of God’s vision.
Zechariah 2:8 declares that Israel is the “Apple of His Eye.” The Lord says that whoever touches Israel will be plundered. We should remember what happened to Rome, Germany, and other nations that mistreated the land and people of Israel. What God favors we should favor. How much more will the Lord regard “The Apple of His Eye” than the sparrows?
When Jesus saw and chose His disciples, He saw more than His natural eyes saw. Nathaniel asked Jesus, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you standing under the fig tree.” Nathaniel was amazed! Jesus did not simply see his appearance, He saw Nathaniel’s heart because Jesus had said, “Behold an Israelite in whom is no deceit!” (see John 1:43-50 NEV). Apparently, open and honest hearts are rare, but God looks for them.
Proverbs 4 is a wonderful chapter. Verse 23 is the first principle, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life.” Verse 25 speaks directly to this letter, “Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.” The aforementioned race car driver was saying the same thing when he said, “Don’t look at the wall.” The eyes guide the head and body.
The way of Jesus is straight not crooked (see Matthew 7:14). Hebrews 12:12-13 tells us to make straight paths, so how do we do that? We do that by looking straight ahead and not looking around or down. My friend Ern Baxter is with the Lord but I recall a story that he told many years ago:
“There was a bicycle riding contest and one challenge was to ride the bicycle over a plank. Only one boy made it all the way to the ends of the plank. When he was asked how he was able to do that he said, “The others looked down, or at the wheel, but I looked at the end of ** the plank.”
The boy looked straight ahead. That is what the race car driver was saying, but more importantly, it is what our Lord says!
I pray that we can accomplish God’s purpose by keeping a heart focused upon Him, by looking straight ahead, and moving in the direction of our calling. Don’t be distracted by the noise, what others have to say about it, or by the difficulties. As the Apostle Paul would say, “Fight the good fight and finish the race.”
During September, would you please remember us in your prayers and in your giving? We have much ahead of us in ministry, and we face some significant challenges financially. Our ministry opportunities and needs did not take a Summer vacation, but we’ve had a very lean season in terms of ministry income. Your friendship and support have meant so much to us, and will mean so much moving forward. Thanks for standing with us!
We are keeping you in our prayers also as you seek His will and strength in days ahead!
Brother Charles Simpson
P.S. If this letter blesses you, would you pass it on? And would you please remember CSM in your prayers and in your giving this month as we sow the Gospel seed around the world? We face significant opportunities and opposition. Thanks for standing with us!