As I was having my devotional earlier this week, I read a verse that I have read many times before. But this time, it stuck out to me. I really love how that happens. God’s Word is never exhausted. There is always something fresh and new – perfect for the time in your life when you need it! In Proverbs 7:2, God tells us to keep His law as the apple of his eye.
I immediately thought “Apple of His eye?” What exactly does that mean? My understanding of this word is precious. The apple of our eye is the one we love, the one who makes our day, makes our life worth living, brings us joy, brings us pride. I think I have most often heard it from a mother, speaking of her beloved child. That is how God wants His law to be to us! He wants us to delight in it!
The actual meaning of this term can be translated “little man of the eye”. This refers to the tiny reflection of yourself that you can see in other’s pupils if they are focused on you. It can also refer to the pupil itself. Either way, if God (and His law) is the refection in our eye, or our pupil itself – it means our focus is on Him! Our eyes are on Him! And He is telling us lovingly, to bless us – and to warn us of consequences if we don’t – that He should be the one whom we are cherishing, looking to – for joy and completeness of life.
I want that. I want to be so focused on God that I am not distracted or lured by the things of this world that can pull me away and lead me to spiritual death. I want God to be the apple of my eye.
What’s more – twice in scripture God refers to His people as the apple of His eye! You can find these references in Deut 32:10 and Zech 2:8 He is focused on us! He loves and cherishes us! And He only wants that in return.
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Mt 22:37
How about you? What things in your life are you focused on, that maybe you shouldn’t be? Try focusing (literally) on more than one thing with your eyes right now. You can’t. We can have a great multitude of things in our peripheral vision, but only one object can be truly focused on.