The Eye of Faith and Hope

 “He that planteth the ear shall he not hear? He that formed the eye shall He not see?”

Psalm 94:9

Our prayer should daily be “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy word”. (Ps. 119: 18)

I assume that you have more than once considered with awe and holy wonderment what a masterful creation of God your physical eye is. It is not the least of the members of our bodies which God has made fearfully and wonderfully.

We ought to stop and reflect on the many ways in which we in our daily speech say different things about our eyes. Do we not speak of beautiful eyes of a Rachel in distinction from Leah who was not so attractive, whereas she was tender eyed and was not beautiful and well favored. (Gen. 29:16) We speak of appealing eyes, downcast eyes, uplifted eyes, tearful eyes, pleading eyes, mocking and reproachful eyes, searching eyes, hopeful eyes. Yes, our eyes are perhaps the most beautiful part of our face. When we die, we have breaking eyes. The last rays of the light of the sun have been then reflected in these eyes. They are then not merely dimmed by reason of old age, but they are like shattered mirrors which cannot be repaired.

And to think that the Lord who made the eye could and did make our eye because God is a seeing God. Yes, He that formed the eye shall He not see? It was really because of these all seeing and penetrating eyes of God into the very conscience of Adam and Eve which caused them to hide in the garden. We read of God’s eyes as well as those of the glorified Christ that they are like “flames of fire” (Rev. 1:14: 2:18). God is too pure of eyes to behold evil and He cannot look on perverseness when evil men persecute the righteous (Hab. 1:13).

He that formed the eye, shall He also in his vision. It must be the not see? All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do: there is no creature that is not manifest in His sight. (Heb. 4:13). For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and His ear is open to their cry.  And God looks in his servants to find them faithful.

The Bible speaks of a good, single eye, and of an evil eye.

The good eye is also called the single eye by Jesus Himself, and this single eye is connected with a pure heart. Out of the heart are the issues of life. This good heart loves that which is pure and good and noble, and directs the eyes to that which is good. On the other hand, an evil eye is connected with an evil heart. That which comes forth from an evil eye defiles the whole man. We have but to think of the evil eye of “the woman”, later called Eve, who being tempted by Satan, the Old Serpent, in her heart, looked upon the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Thus through the evil eye of lust the flood-gates of wickedness corrupted Adam and in him the entire human race (Rom. 5:12).

This brings us to the point of the sanctified use of our eyes.

Yes, this refers to our eyes in the life of true faith and of conversion.

Our eyes should ever be upon the Lord. The Lord’s eyes should ever catch our eyes and bring us to attention. We are to be attentive to the Lord’s ways —also with our eyes. Here it will no longer be true that the eye is not satisfied by seeing. The eyes of the ungodly unbelievers are not satisfied. Nothing that he sees satisfies his soul in which God has placed eternity. Man cannot rest save that he rests in God – also in his vision. It must be the everlasting Visio Dei! Apart from seeing God in all things man is caught up in the vanity of vanities. His eyes must then be satisfied with the nameless emptiness of life, and the deep void in his heart must be filled with the dregs of life. These dregs are the dregs of the cup of God’s wrath upon all life. Not so it is with those whose eyes are lifted up to the LORD in earnest expectation.

Such saints live in the hope of one day seeing God.

They have received eyes to see, just as they have received ears to hear.

Now Satan, the world and our own flesh do not cease to assault us. They are our incessant and mortal enemies as long as we are in this flesh. And ever Satan would tempt us to sin. And we need daily and fervently to pray: lead me not into temptation. We need to be spiritually sensitive to distinguish that which is good from that which is evil and sinful. Paul does not say for nought in Phil. 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report (gracious); if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, these things consider.”

Consider this each moment of the day and of the night.

Then we say with Job “I have made covenant with mine eyes, how then should I look upon a virgin?” (Job 31:1). However, the saints all stumble and fall and then later to weep bitterly in heartfelt sorrow. O awful hour of temptation for David, when upon arising from his bed at eventide, and walking upon the roof of his house, he saw a woman bathing, Bathsheba, a woman very beautiful to look upon. There he fell and a dagger was thrust through his heart. It was the law of sin in David’s members, warring against the law of his mind and bringing him into subjection. (Rom. 7:22).

Tell me my youthful friend, yea also more elderly friend, have you made a covenant with your eyes!?

Do you, do I take seriously the Word of God in I John 2:15-17? You have meditated on the words “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him’’, and then you read on and pondered prayerfully the words “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes, and the vainglory of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world’’?

Lust of the eyes the Scriptures speak of. These are really identical with lust of the flesh. They are closely associated with the vainglory of our biological life. You like to buy a new car? Your car dealer, if he is a man of the “lust of the flesh”, will try to allure you to buy the car with the association of scantily clad girls. The whole world of advertising is permeated with this lust of the eye. And they need an eye-catcher. They know what makes the lustful eye click! It is called the psychology of advertising. It appeals to the evil eye of natural man, and to the evil eye of the flesh of God’s people in which there dwells no good thing.

But this is not the bottom-line in the born again child of God, who is converted from sin, called from darkness into God’s marvelous light. He has a delight in the law of God after the inward man. He has died unto sin, all sin. He hates sin and loves God. He hopes to one day see God face to face. And John tells us that everyone who has this hope to see God purified himself as God is pure. And this purifying is a life-long struggle. And it requires constant prayer for the gift of the sanctifying Spirit of Christ in our hearts.

Such is the spiritually sensitive Christian!

What do you read by way of magazines? Yesterday, while at the church watering newly planted bushes, my companion picked up a pornographic magazine. I have the reason of love to believe that this could not have been thrown under the trees by any member of our church, whether older or younger. It was promptly destroyed as being unfit for the single eye! Do we do that too in avoiding the evil theater, the filthy pictures whether in an outdoor theater, or on the pictures shown on the television. Do we feast our eyes on lustful magazines? Surely, these things do not belong to what the Bible calls: true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, etc. do they?

Shall He that formed the eye not see, and behold and try even our thoughts and the secrets within?

One day we do hope to see God face to face in the face of Jesus Christ. It is then that we will have our glorified bodies. And our eye shall be then as pure as the eyes of Jesus who was holy, harmless, undefiled and separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.

Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God.

Let us sing in sincerity of heart,

“When I in righteousness at last, Thy glorious face shall see. To view the glories that abide, then, then I shall be satisfied.”

Psalter No. 32.