All too often we focus on the negative in each of our lives. We always seem to center on the chaos and drama each of us experience every day of our lives. It is during these times of chaos and uncertainty that we need to keep one very important, crucial fact in mind: we are the apple of God’s eye! He loves us so much. He only wants the best for us. He showers us with blessings every second of every day we live. Sometimes – amidst drama – we need to stop to remember just how much God loves us. Zechariah 2:8 explains, “For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.” Sometimes during these moments, we ought to utter to God what the Psalmist David uttered to God in Psalm 17:8, “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.”
Throughout the entire Bible, we see all the vast evidence of God’s unending and unfailing love for each of us. Every page unveils this undeniable truth. The love God has for us is matched by no other love that the world has ever seen or ever will see! Listen to these few verses that show how much God loves us.
Because we are the apple of His eye, He has plans for us. He is always right beside us every single day, guiding us through every trial and blessing we face. “For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish,” (Psalm 1:6). Jeremiah 29:11 tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Because we are the apple of His eye, He looks out for us as He is with us every step of the way. Psalm 33:14 speaks to this truth – “From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.”
Because we are the apple of His eye, He offers to be our soul’s core, our rock, our foundation. Deuteronomy 6: 5 tells us this: “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” When we love Him as He loves us, our relationship with Him will only continue to thrive.
Lastly, because we are the apple of His eye, we should show Him just as much respect in keeping Him as the apple of our eye. Proverbs 7:2 says, “Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.” He is by no means forced to love, care, and protect us. He earnestly wants each of us to prosper in His Will. He blesses us more than we will ever know….because we are the apple of His – the God of the Universe and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – eye. The least we could ever do for Him is to hold Him in the highest place we possibly can – the apple of our eye.
Friends are one of God’s greatest blessings. I know in many people’s lives, they have made the difference between sadness and happiness, loneliness and fulfillment. Having friends helps give meaning to many people’s lives. Join us in this program, Friends Are a Gift From God, as Kim Miller of Woman at the Well Ministries takes us through Proverbs 18:24, which says, "A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."All Sermons by Kimberly Miller