Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord…
The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
and his ears toward their cry. – Psalm 34:15
Do you feel self-conscious and nervous, or do you feel reassured when you realize that God is always watching you? My grandmother was an elementary school teacher in a two-room country school. She liked to tell the story of some of her students coming up to her desk and looking at the back of her head. They wanted to see if she had “eyes in the back of her head” because she always seemed to know when someone was misbehaving, even if her back was turned.
Is that how we see God – as someone who is always watching us to see if we are misbehaving? Scriptures give several references to God’s eyes being on us for good. In Psalm 34:15, we are told he is attentive to our needs. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says he watches us to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. Jeremiah 24:6 says God watches us for our good. And Proverbs 15:3 speaks of him watching over us like a Good Shepherd who watches over us to protect us.
All of the above scriptures reassure us that God watches over us because he understands our needs and is always attentive to our cries for help. He’s right there, waiting to hear from his children.
Now let us “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2) in the certain assurance that God loves us more than we can fathom.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that you are always watching over us to attend to our needs, strengthen, and protect us. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Contributed by Karen Seutter
Read Psalm 34:11-17 and record any insights you gain here.
Call to Connection
Reflect on the distractions that interfere in your faith life. Make a plan to remove one of these distractions this week and use that time instead to pray.