IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: WHOEVER TOUCHETH ME, TOUCHETH THE APPLE OF GOD’S EYE.
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.”
There is nothing so tender or as delicate as the eye. Most would rather take any injury in order to protect their sight.
All too often we focus on the negative in each of our lives. We always seem to center on the chaos and drama each of us experience every day of our lives. It is during these times of chaos and uncertainty that we need to keep one very important, crucial fact in mind: we are the apple of God’s eye! He loves us so much. He only wants the best for us. He showers us with blessings every second of every day we live. Sometimes – amidst drama – we need to stop to remember just how much God loves us. Zechariah 2:8 explains, “For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.” Sometimes during these moments, we ought to utter to God what the Psalmist David uttered to God in Psalm 17:8, “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.”
God’s declaration of love for Israel is well-chronicled. Moses exclaimed in Deuteronomy 4:37, “He loved your forefathers” and in Deuteronomy 23:5, “God loves you.” God’s version spoken by the prophets Jeremiah, Hosea and Malachi was more heartfelt and personal: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness” (Jer 31:3) , “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son” (Hos 11:1) and “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated” (Mal 1:2-3).
Israel is the “apple of His eye” (Deut 32:10). God not only loves Israel, but shields and guards her.
“For whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye.” (Zech 2:8) God serves a powerful warning to the world that He is tender and jealous in His love and affection for those who belong to Him. His loyalty to His people is unquestioned, unending and unsurpassed.
The Israelites were between a rock and a hard place. The Red Sea was before them and the army of Egypt was behind them. They saw the fast approaching Egyptians, found themselves cornered and screamed at Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” (Ex 14:11-12)
When the Israelites were in trouble, God kept his promise to Abraham, showed His loyalty to His people and displayed His glory to all the nations. It was just another occasion for God to prove His faithfulness, sovereignty and majesty. Israel failed to understand that the Lord never leaves or forsakes His people (Heb 13:5). He will never ignore their cries, look another way or fail to help when they are in trouble.
Where is God when our backs are against the wall? What are believers to do when they are afraid? Why is trusting God better than trusting oneself and others?
The Lord Fights; You Be Still
13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Ex 14:13-14)
Because we are the apple of His eye, He has plans for us. He is always right beside us every single day, guiding us through every trial and blessing we face. “For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish,” (Psalm 1:6). Jeremiah 29:11 tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Because we are the apple of His eye, He looks out for us as He is with us every step of the way. Psalm 33:14 speaks to this truth – “From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.”
Because we are the apple of His eye, He offers to be our soul’s core, our rock, our foundation. Deuteronomy 6: 5 tells us this: “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” When we love Him as He loves us, our relationship with Him will only continue to thrive.
Lastly, because we are the apple of His eye, we should show Him just as much respect in keeping Him as the apple of our eye. Proverbs 7:2 says, “Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.” He is by no means forced to love, care, and protect us. He earnestly wants each of us to prosper in His Will. He blesses us more than we will ever know….because we are the apple of His – the God of the Universe and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – eye. The least we could ever do for Him is to hold Him in the highest place we possibly can – the apple of our eye.
All history demonstrates the truth now insisted on, that “he that toucheth you,” etc. Let us thank God that he will suffer none to chasten us but himself. Seek that such chastisement may be no longer necessary. Strive to do good to all, “especially to them that are of the household of faith,” and tremble to do them harm. “Whosoever offendeth one of these little ones,” said our Lord, “it were better for him that a millstone,” etc.
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