The Eyes of the Lord

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 2 Chronicles 15-16; John 12:27-50

At that time Hanani the seer came to Judah’s King Asa and said to him, “Because you relied on Aram’s king and not on the Lord your God, the army of Aram’s king has slipped out of your grasp.Weren’t the Cushites and the Libyans a vast army with chariots and horsemen to spare? Still, when you relied on the Lord, he delivered them into your power, because the Lord’s eyes scan the whole world to strengthen those who are committed to him with all their hearts. Your foolishness means that you will have war on your hands from now on.”10 Asa was angry with the seer. Asa was so mad he threw Hanani in jail and took his anger out on some of the people.

11 The rest of Asa’s deeds, from beginning to end, are written in the official records of Israel’s and Judah’s kings. 12 In the thirty-ninth year of his rule, Asa developed a severe foot disease. But even in his illness he refused to seek the Lord and consulted doctors instead. 13 In the forty-first year of his rule, Asa lay down with his ancestors. 14 He was buried in the tomb he had prepared for himself in David’s City, and was laid on a bed filled with sweet spices and various kinds of perfume, with a huge fire made in his honor. (2 Chronicles 16:7-14, Common English Bible).

King Asa, for much of his life, was a king much like David. He was a king who sought the will of God. But, just as is the case for us, King Asa could have feet of clay. The term is defined as a fundamental flaw or weakness in a person who was otherwise of good character. The term is usually not for people like the majority of us, but instead, it is for leaders, people in places of prominence and power.

How many times during our lifetimes, much less our history have we seen just such an attitude among those who live at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave? At some point, we see it in virtually every person who has lived there. Why? Because just like the rest of us, they are human. That fundamental character flaw or weakness is really just amplified because of the prominence of their lives. When we are talking about good ole Joe Blow down the road, we are talking about a person whose face and name are not splashed across the evening news so the world can see their failures. I can’t speak for anyone but myself, I am really glad my life is not on constant public display for all the world to see. In my role as pastor, it is opened enough.

The truth is, we all sin. Asa was no different in that. What did make Asa different than some of us is, even when confronted by his sin and his unwillingness to seek the help of God, Asa was stubborn. When Asa was confronted by his error in judgment, he became angry and he took his anger out on others. Even when he had a foot disease and was facing death, Asa refused to let the Lord be part of his recovery. The man who did right in the eyes of God, in his last days fell short. All too often so do we.

As I started reading the lesson my eyes really focused on a passage I used as the title but haven’t really addressed yet. The seer (as he is called), “…because the Lord’s eyes scan the whole world to strengthen those who are committed to him with all their hearts.” 

The eyes of the Lord are watching us. They are always moving. They are always seeing. They see each of us for who we are and for what we do. The eyes see more than our actions. The eyes see the depths of our hearts. And I do think, that is a good thing. My actions often not only betray God, they betray my own heart. But, because God continues to make my heart right, I, as Wesley said, “am going on to perfection.”

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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