The Eyes Of God

As we continue our short study of the anthropromorphisms of God we come across the fact that the Bible describes God with a pair of eyes. As we have already seen, God does not have physical characteristics such as hands, legs, feet and arms, but rather as we have seen God is a "Spirit". A spirit has no limitations such as space or reaches of ability. A "spirit" cannot be contained in a certain space or confined to a certain limitation. Therefore God is said to have eyes, such as in the verse from 2 Chronicles 16:9.

2Chronicles 16:9 "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars."

In this verse we see that God's "eyes" go "to and fro". An easier way to say this is that they go "back and forth". Just as if you were preparing to cross a street one would look first one direction then the other to make sure that no traffic was coming, and that it would be safe to cross. In this passage, "God's eyes are looking back and forth across the expanse of the surface of the earth looking at nations and people groups to look for those that are following him." When he finds them, he shows himself strong to them by blessing them, watching over them, and caring for them. Those that have refused God then are found to be engulfed in wars. Not nescessarily nation against nation, but also against personal wars of pride and greed, or just general success.

Notice first of all, God does not have to "find" us. Yes, he is "watching" us, but we have not become lost so that he has to come looking for us. We are always under his watch. Yet, not only does God see those that are faithful to him, but he also sees those that reject and refuse him. Ultimately they will meet their doom because of their decision to reject God. Meanwhile those that are faithful and have accepted God's free gift of Salvation through his Son Jesus Christ's work upon the cross of Calvary we are constantly being watched and protected.

"Be not dismayed whate'er betide,
God will take care of you;
beneath his wings of love abide,
God will take care of you."

-Hymn "God Will Take Care Of You" (Civilla Martin 1904)