Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings Psalm 17:8 (NIV) For this is what the LORD Almighty says: …for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye… Zechariah 2:8 (NIV)
This popular phrase about being the apple of someone’s eye refers to the tiny reflection of a person in the pupil of another’s eye. To be reflected in a person’s pupil you must be close and also the object of which they are gazing upon. To be the apple of God’s eye indicates you are not only close to Him, but you have His direct attention. In fact, Psalm 32:8 describes His eye over you… I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (NIV) “Loving eye”… this description is incredible considering the rest of the verse is about teaching us. To be taught indicates a lack of knowledge or ability on the part of the pupil, hence the need for education.
When was the last time you taught something to someone and they got it right on the first time and consistently thereafter never made even one mistake? If you were really teaching, the answer would be a hard “no” for all of us because none of us human teachers or pupils are perfect; and if we are honest sometimes being allowed to make mistakes in grace, helps us learn best.
God is infinite and thus has infinite patience and so no matter how many mistakes we make (even when we know better) He continues to choose to turn a loving eye upon us. BUT… even though God HAS infinite patience there will come a day when we won’t be allowed to try it any longer (Phil. 2:10-11). This world we broke with our mistakes beginning all the way back in Genesis 3 will be made new (Rev. 21:5)! Those that have not chosen to believe in Jesus as their Savior through His sacrifice on the cross for the forgiveness of their sin (John 3:16), will be called to account.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. 2 Peter 3:9-10 (NIV)
We will all make repeated mistakes on this side of heaven but we are not to remain in them. Rather being transformed by His Spirit upon receiving Jesus as your personal Savior to desire His better way, we can turn back toward Him with a sincerely repentant heart to be washed clean by His mercy and grace, renewed in His unfailing love! (Lam. 3:22-24, Proverbs 24:16, Micah 7:8, 2 Cor. 5:17)
If Jesus is your Savior, know without a doubt you are the apple of His eye, kept safe for eternity (John 10:28). This does not mean only good things are allowed to come to the lives of believers, world events prove that untrue. However nothing comes to us that is not first sifted through His nail pierced hand and that He can use for good (Romans 8:28). In John 19:11 (NIV) Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. … as Jesus stood on trial soon to be crucified for our sins proves even Jesus, God’s own Son, was asked to steward what He would not have chosen while on earth. Yet He chose to submit to His heavenly Fathers good, pleasing and perfect will anyway (Rom. 12:2) in total trust; trust that He would prove faithful which He did and He will for us too dear one (Proverbs 3:5-6).
It is in following the example of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit, in total surrendered trust, that we too find we are clothed with strength and dignity, kept as the apple of His eye and can actually laugh without any fear of the future. (Proverbs 31:25) For He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23).
I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels. Isaiah 53:12 (NLT) But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)
…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37 (NIV) For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 (NLT)
Today may you find joy in your free gift of salvation and be able to laugh without fear of the future dear one.
Recommended songs: “Won’t Be Afraid” and “I Still Believe You’re Good” by Newsboys