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
The Bible is rich in metaphors that powerfully describe Who God is. The use of a part of the human body colorfully helps us understand God’s favor or disfavor in a matter. For instance, we see the use of the hand of the Lord to describe His blessing and favor. We see the use of the Lord’s shoulder as being able to carry every burden. We see the use of His eyes that describe that He is all-seeing. “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3). At the very beginning of King Asa’s reign, he sought with his heart to do those things that were pleasing to God. “And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God” (2 Chronicles 14:2).
We see the search.
“The eyes of the LORD run to and fro.” His eyes are in every place. Nothing is hidden from God’s view. 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). His eyes see those who are hurting and rejected. Hagar, Abraham’s handmaid, was languishing at a well. It was there she discovered:“Thou God seest me.” His eyes are looking for a certain man. “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none” (Ezekiel 22:30).
We see the scope.
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth.” There are satellites that circle the earth that have the capability of doing surveillance in various areas. However, no one satellite is capable of seeing all things at all times. The eyes of the Lord are searching throughout the earth. His eyes are actively looking. His eyes are attentively looking. In the context of our passage, God is looking to great and mighty things for His people. There is no limit on what He will do. The scope of His eyes tells me that there is no ocean so vast, no mountain so high, no forest or jungle so dense, and no area so uncharted that He is not greater than them.
We see the stipulation.
“…Whose heart is perfect toward him.” In order for us to access and take full advantage of what God will do, we must be obedient before Him in all things. There must not be disloyalty in our heart. Our life must be fully devoted to Him. A perfect heart trusts in the Lord at all times in all things. A perfect heart is clean and pure before Him. A perfect heart loves the Lord. The stipulation is that God pours His blessing on the man whose heart is right with Him.
We see the substantiation.
Early in Asa’s reign, he sought God’s help against the Ethiopian army that outnumbered him two to one. God showed Himself strong by defeating that massive army. Asa had to take courage to remove idolatrous worship in Judah. God showed Himself strong again. There is no limit to what God wants to do. There is no prayer too difficult for Him to answer. There is no problem too difficult for Him to solve. There is no city or area too steeped in false worship where God cannot build a church. There is no man He cannot use. God is willing and ready to show Himself strong on behalf of any whose heart is perfect towards Him.
Let God show His strength in your life! According to the purity of our heart is the greater outpouring of His strength.
Have a strengthened God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Job 40-42