The cry within Jesus’ heart in the garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion was the nearness of the ones He loved. His sacrifice was driven and His obedience motivated by His longing for the human heart our hearts. In one of the hardest and most challenging moments of Jesus’ earthly life, His heart was consumed with the desire that we would be close to Him forever. That was the cry of his heart that pierced through the dark night of Gethsemane: “Father, I desire them!”
The eyes of the Lord are always on us.
God is pursuing us. He is actively, patiently and passionately wooing our hearts.
15The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.
16The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. 17When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. — Psalm 34:15–17
Proverbs 5:21 tells us that “a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths” God sees it all because He’s watching.
Deuteronomy 6:18 says, “And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may go well with you.” We read about Old Testament kings who “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord,” and leaders who “did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord.” The eyes of the Lord are constantly looking on us and moving us toward what is good.
1 Peter 3:12a says, “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer.” Because you love Christ, God pays attention to you in a special way.
2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.” He’s flat-out looking for people who want to experience His strength. He’s never tired of picking out His children in the crowd.
Genesis 6:8 says that “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (nkjv). What a great challenge; what a great promise. I hope that when God sees you and me, He says Get more blessing over to that child; She loves My Son! And help her; she’s following My way.
Responding to God’s pursuit of us by pursuing Him back is the purpose of life. This is what He created us for. This is the reason for our existence. Every detail of our lives He designed with the sole intention that we would seek Him, reach out for Him, and find Him.
Lord, You never sleep or slumber: Your attention toward me is continually alert and loving. What amazing grace is expressed in Your attentiveness to me. It draws me to push hard toward You in obedience. Like Noah, I want to find grace in Your eyes, Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.