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Proverbs for Young Pilgrims: The Eyes of the Beholder

“The eyes of the Lord are in everyplace, beholding the evil and the good.”  Proverbs 15: 3

Does not this Word of God make you feel uneasy, Young Pilgrim? We have often sung “God the Only Deliverer’’ and often paid little or no attention to the words.

“Jehovah from His Throne on high Looks down with clear and searching eye on all that dwells below; and He that fashioned heart and mind, Looks ever down on all mankind, The works of men to know.”

The “I AM THAT I AM,” the Most High God, the Sovereign Lord of Lords and King of Kings looks and sees each of us; and He beholds both the evil and the good. I repeat: does not this Word of God make you feel uneasy?

The eyes of the Beholder are in every place. As we walk life’s pilgrimage, Young Pilgrim, we must be consciously aware of being watched! And life’s pilgrimage takes us many places. We are being watched when we obey or disobey our parents either in the home or apart from the home. Sometimes we get the idea that because our parents are not observing us we can “get away with” doing something disobedient.

Other times when we are in the shopping center and escape through the exit door with an item obtained by “five finger discount” we feel that no one observed us. Beware! You are being watched!

The eyes of the Beholder penetrate the intentions of the heart and mind. Consider the Young Pilgrim who, having prepared a box of treats, sets out to visit an elderly, lonely widow. Noble effort? Perhaps. Excellent outward appearance, but with possible evil intention.

Think of yourself, Young Pilgrim, as you experienced thoughts, words, and deeds today. Each of these are reactions to people, places and ideas. In your reactions did you reveal the life and love of Christ which reigns within your heart? Analyze your reactions. Was there a struggle? Were your reactions open or secret? Were you submissive or rebellious? Did you act deliberately or spontaneously?

There is a popular slogan today, an ungodly, spontaneous reaction. “If it feels good, do it.’’ This current philosophy is to be expelled from the pilgrim’s life. It is an encouragement to react in an evil way. It betrays, for, believing that “it will feel good’’ and having then “done it’’ we are left miserable with the guilt of sin. We also feel tricked because the experience was not quite the thrill we thought it should have been. The slogan concentrates on ungodly natural self, while the pilgrim is called to have eye contact with the Beholder.

This eye contact is a look of faith. In many places Scripture commands us to “look to Him’’. Is. 45:22 “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” Another place is Heb. 12:2 “Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.’’

We are reminded of at least two Bible characters in connection with this eye contact. First is Lot’s wife, who looked not unto Him. You will recall that the Angels rushed Lot and his family out of Sodom. Yet we read of Lot’s wife that she looked back and became a pillar of salt. (CF Gen. 19:26) Jesus reminds us of this in Luke 17:32 while giving instruction on when the kingdom of God should come.

The second event involves Peter and his denial of our Lord at the time of Jesus’ trial. After the third denial immediately the cock crew (Luke 22:6lff) “And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter.” Devastated, “Peter went out and wept bitterly.”

The contrast in these two stories is obvious. Lot’s wife would not look to Him Peter could not look to Him.

Our Lord yet remembered Peter and made certain His comfort when after the resurrection the angel commanded the women to “tell His disciples and Peter that He goeth before you into Galilee.”

Young Pilgrim, can he “Stare you down”? Look to Him!