Through God’s Eyes

Oftentimes when my kids (ages 9 and 7) are cleaning their rooms they will come to me and chime, “I’m done.” Now it’s not that I don’t trust them to do a good job; it is just that I think they may have overlooked an area, like sweeping or putting their laundry away. My response to them is always, “Go look again, pretend you are mom and look through mommy’s eyes.” They run back to their rooms and I see them getting a broom or staying in there for another thirty minutes or so.

I think this is what God wants us to do sometimes when we go to Him with a particular area of struggle and say, “I’m done. I’m done working on this. It’s all cleaned up! Don’t you like it, Lord?” He says, “Pretend you are looking at this area through My eyes. Do you think it’s clean? Do you think you are done working on it?”

Now I have a hard time imagining what it would be like to look through God’s eyes. I do know from His Word what He sees and what He is looking for. He is looking for someone who understands Him and is seeking Him. Psalm 53:2 He wants us to seek Him in the areas where we are struggling. Yes, the Lord wants the areas that are unclean to be clean, but we cannot do that if we are not seeking Him. You won’t even know what to clean up if you are not seeking His face. Just like when my kids come to me and ask, “What next?” They wouldn’t know what to clean if they didn’t ask me.

He sees the heart, not just the outward appearance. 1 Samuel 16:7 God does not want someone who outwardly is all cleaned up and beautiful. He wants our heart to be pretty. He wants us to do the hard work on matters of the heart, not just our external appearance.

When He looks at us, He looks with amazing power, so powerful that if He looks at the earth, it trembles. Psalm 104:32 God wants us to know that He is a powerful God. He is the only one who can power clean your heart. We need to let him do that.

We have to find a way to see the areas that we are blind to. The only way a blind person can see is with a little help from someone. There are lots of dusty, undisturbed areas in our lives that we need to uncover to see what’s there. I warn you, it may not be pretty when you uncover them. There are areas that you may think you cleaned thoroughly by either covering it up or talking with someone once about it. Is it a particular sin that keeps creeping back up? Is it an area in your past that still haunts you and you need help working through? It may take some elbow grease.

There are a lot of reasons to stop working on things. Too hard, too expensive, too time consuming, but God is so powerful He can overcome all of those objections. He wants you to admit where you are struggling, seek Him and allow Him to clean up your heart so that you can give Him all the glory. He is so deserving of our praise. Take just a few minutes to identify and write down what area you need His strength to clean up.

For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)

3 Responses to Through God’s Eyes
  1. Summur Braley
    July 30, 2009 | 10:00 am

    thank you for this devotion……………often the Lord reveals to me my ” dirty corners” and they can get brushed away. Today I will try and meditate on the work that God will help me with….thanks

  2. maryleigh
    July 31, 2009 | 12:55 pm

    What a great visual! My boys are always saying, “I’m done. It’s clean.” Your message really hit home:)

  3. Ray
    June 18, 2010 | 1:56 am

    This hit home! Didn’t realize that I was keeping a struggle to myself and not giving it to God. Time to let go and let God. One prayer at a time, I guess! Thank you!