February 25, 2010
The Apple of God's Eye
He kept them [Israel/chosen people] as the apple of His eye.
God clearly does not have a physical eye. This reference to God's eye is clearly an anthropomorphism which means it is a statement that gives human attributes or characteristics to something that is not human. The figure of speech the "apple of the eye" means the pupil of the eye. He [God] kept them as if they are/were the pupil of His own eye.
One of the fastest reflexes in the human body is the eyelid covering the eye to protect it from damage. When objects approach the eye the body's reaction intuitively is to blink or close the eye. According to Wikipedia the average length of a blink is 300 to 400 milliseconds.
So we need not worry about things because on the eternal scale. We are covered and secure as believers.
Fear is to the Devil what faith is to the Lord. Satan responds to, takes advantage of and delights in fear the way the Lord responds to and delights in faith. This contrast is on direct display when Jesus walks on the Sea of Galilee and has Peter get out of the boat. It was a dsiplay of faith overcoming fear in the presence of the Lord. When Peter believed he walked on the water. When he became afraid even in the presence of Jesus, anxiety grabbed him and he began to sink. Faith needs to be a constant that is exercised continually or it atrophies.
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
As a believer our salvation is assured. Fear not.
For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
[items in brackets are my emphasis]
Authored By: Andy Pierson