GRACE IN THE EYES!
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8).
There are several kinds of eyes in the world. The eyes of a man will reveal what sort of man he is. The eyes of a drunkard will be intoxicated. The eyes of a furious person will be fiery. The eyes of the hoodlum will reflect his hostility. The eyes of an ill-tempered person will be spitting hatred. Further, there are a lot of evil and covetous eyes in the world. But God has the eyes of grace.
In the Scripture, we can find so many saints receiving grace from the eyes of God. David found favour in the eyes of the Lord (II Samuel 15:25). Maybe, you will not receive grace or mercy or help in the eyes of men. But, the eyes of God possess immeasurable grace.
The eyes of God came in search of Adam, who was hidden in the Garden of Eden. Jonah also thought of running away from the eyes of God. That is why, instead of going to Nineveh, he boarded a ship proceeding to Tarshis and laid down at the lowest deck of the ship. Both of them failed to realize that nothing is invisible to God. Even if a man flies high like an eagle or even if he builds his home in the midst of the stars, the eyes of God never lose sight of him.
The Scripture says: “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord and He ponders all his paths” (Proverbs 5:21). “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3).
The gracious eyes of God mercifully looked at the leper and he was cleansed (Mathew 8:1-3). His eyes found the multitudes to be weary and scattered like sheep having no shepherd and so looked at them with compassion (Mathew 9:36).
Dear children of God, let your eyes look at God with love. “Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He has mercy on us” (Psalm 123:2).
Since you have received mercy in the eyes of God, protect your life with holiness. Ensure that every part of your body is kept pure. Throw away all the friendliness, love and the lusts of the world from you. Dedicate your eyes so that they do not see the illusions. Because, “For, all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world” (I John 2:16).
To meditate: “And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:24).