Your Eyes

9 Sep

I’m a youth group leader in our church and we had our kick off this wee. Our goal for our teens this year is to go through the entire Bible, digging into the Word, seeing how it can direct their life like a road map – a owners manual – a guide.  Our church as a whole is going to do that as well come January. Excited about that!

Today, on Facebook, one of my friends posted a verse of Scripture.

“Once our eyes are opened, we cannot pretend we don’t know what to do.  God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act.”  Proverbs 24:1.

It’s a powerful verse, isn’t it? One of my favorites. Let’s break it down a little bit.

  1. Once our eyes are opened: What does that mean?  Opened to what?  I personally thing that this could mean so many things for so many people.  God has wired us all different and has given us gifts to use for His glory. But he has also given us commandments to follow.  He has given us a “Book” of “right and wrong”.  When we hand our lives over to God, when we hear and read scripture, our eyes are opened to what God wants from us.  He tells us over and over in scripture that what we have is not our own, it is a gift from God.  He tells us to take care of the poor, the widows, the orphans.  He tells us to love our neighbors, be faithful in our marriage, honor our spouse and our parents. He teaches us right and wrong.  For me, personally, I think God is talking to me about His people. His children, men, women and children – the sick, the orphaned, the hungry, the thirsty.  The people world wide.
  2. We cannot pretend we don’t know what to do:  As a Christian, we are to follow God’s teaching.  He tells us that our lives on earth are not our forevers.  The money we receive, the house we have, cars we drive, food on our table…gifts. Not guarantees. And with those gifts, we are to use them to help those without.  Without homes, cars, food on the table, money, families, safety.  It’s not an option.  God doesn’t say, If you’d please consider using a bit of your money for charity.  He doesn’t look at it like charity at all! WE are charity to Him.  Deuteronomy is a good place to see God’s commands. There are multiple verses, but this is a good one to read.
    • There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.” Deuteronomy 15:11
  3. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls knows that we know:  I love this part.  Because it reminds us that God knows us personally.  Sometimes I feel like, how could God be so concerned about me.  And you? Like ants scurrying around, I see his people.  But He doesn’t.  It reminds me of 1 John 5:14 – “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”  God hears us, knows us and knows our hearts.  He is keeper of our souls and we will one day be matched with our maker.
  4. and holds us responsible to act:  Our God us a loving God and a just God.  He is not only the God of the rich (yes, you ARE rich!) but the God of the poor and the hungry and the thirsty.  Those without parents, the sick, the diseased, the maimed, the lame and the needy.  God has blessed us so that you may bless others. I take this as feeling responsible to help.

Sponsor a child, sponsor a woman, send your coats to the poor in your back yard, the food pantry, adopt if you are able. Consider your bank account, your paycheck as a gift each week, not a given.  What good can you make of it?  They are needy all around.  We are the hands and feet of Jesus and we should lead by His example.

I’d love conversation about this verse, if you have anything to add in the comments!

“Once our eyes are opened, we cannot pretend we don’t know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act.” Proverbs 24:1

One Response to “Your Eyes”

  1. Stephanie September 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    Love this and LOVE the new look to your new blog…cool!!

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