I am the apple of His eye.

Posted: November 26, 2013 in Taste & See

“But the LORD’s portion is his people… “He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.” – Deuteronomy 32:9-10

 Eye

1:  an attentive look

2:  close observation:  scrutiny

3:  point of view, judgment

4:  the faculty of intellectual or aesthetic perception or appreciation

   Of course we all know the traditional sense of the word eye; the photosensitive retina in the middle of an orb that allows us to see.  That’s not the definition that I want to focus on, nor is it the definition that God wants us to know.

   These verses are recounting the early days of the Israelites.  They are found in the Song of Moses.  They were among the last things Moses said to them before he died and they went on to the land that God was giving them.  It was said 40 years after they left Egypt and wandered in the desert.  Moses is reminding them: Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law. (v36)

   They originally hadn’t been happy about their freedom.  The land was strange, the food was scarce and their meager comforts were all gone.  But God wasn’t about to just march them into the Promised Land.  He had some lessons for them to learn first.

   They were made to wander in the desert 40 years, learning lessons.  They learned not to fight in battles when the Lord isn’t present.  They learned the Ten Commandments, good rules to follow for life.  They learned the Greatest Commandment; Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  They were handed down laws designed to keep them safe and healthy in these foreign places.

   During this time, the Lord taught them patience, perseverance, dependence and to rely on faith.  Even when the Lord corrected them, it was a lesson to be learned.

   They didn’t remember these lessons, and so often neither do we.  We forget the lessons God has painstakingly taught us. There is no pain, no trial that we go through that God doesn’t know about.  There are pains and trials because we live in a land that is fallen.  We are not complete yet, and we won’t be until we are with Him.  He is attentive to us all the time.  We are never alone.

   In the verses following these, Moses compares God to an eagle with its young.  The baby eagles are content to rest in the nest, until they are forces from their comfort and made to fly.   Perhaps when we go through this life it would be good to remember that we will always be the apple of God’s eye.  And sometimes we need to be nudged out of our nest.

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