For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory. ~Isaiah 3:8
God is holy. All of God’s attributes are emanations of the holiness of God. He is holy in His judgment, His mercy, His love, His forgiveness, and His dealings with man. Isaiah uses a description that is only used once in the Bible. He refers to the eyes of His glory. Let us pause and consider what God’s eyes of glory are.
They are eyes that are all-seeing.
“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3). “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13). There is nothing that God does not see. There is no place hidden from God. There is no meeting that is secret to Him. There is no affair hidden from Him. There are no thoughts that He cannot read. He sees the evil and the good. All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of the Lord.
They are eyes that are all-sufficient.
In Genesis 16, Hagar, Sarai’s servant, is cast out of the household of Abraham. She was used by Sarai to be the surrogate mother of Abraham’s son, but when Sarai saw that she was despised in Hagar’s eyes, she thrust her out. There, in a desert place by a fountain of water, the Lord came to this discouraged and forsaken woman. As He spoke with her, she was overcome with a sense of gratitude and relief that God took notice of her plight and where she was. At that location, she said, “Thou God seest me.” The Hebrew name for that place is El Roi, the God Who sees. She found comfort in the fact that God saw her in her time of need. Find comfort in the fact that God is all-sufficient for you and me: He sees us when we need Him.
They are eyes that are always searching.
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him” (2 Chronicles 16:9a). God’s eyes are constantly searching for people who will surrender their strength and abilities to Him and allow Him to show Himself strong on their behalf. God is looking for weak people. He is looking for people who have come to a place in life where God will get all the glory from their lives. King Asa, to whom God was speaking, started out fully depending on the Lord for His help. However, his heart was lifted up and he thought that he could do things without God. Does God see you as someone weak or strong? Has God passed you over because you proudly think that you can do things without Him?
They are eyes that are provoked to sadness.
God’s eyes of glory were provoked because of the blatant and unrepentant sins of Israel. Men and women alike proudly flaunted their open worship of false idol gods. They puffed their chests out and, with an arrogant attitude, assumed that God overlooked their sinful lifestyles. God said that their tongues and their doings were against the Lord. His eyes of glory are grieved, saddened, and stirred when His people live as if God does not care and will let them get away with their evil ways.
God’s eyes of glory see everything from the eye lens of holiness. It should make us think twice before we speak or act. There is nothing hidden from the eyes of glory.
Have a fearful God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Corinthians 9-11